Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, and a Family's Quest for Justice

On the seventy-fifth anniversary, the authors of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Eleventh Day expose the scapegoating of the admiral who was in command the day 2,000 Americans died, report on the continuing struggle to restore his lost honor - and clear President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the charge that he knew the attack was coming.

The Japanese onslaught on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 devastated Americans and precipitated entry into World War II. In the aftermath, Admiral Husband Kimmel, Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet, was relieved of command, accused of negligence and dereliction of duty -publicly disgraced.

The Admiral defended his actions through eight investigations and for the rest of his long life. The evidence against him was less than solid. High military and political officials had failed to provide Kimmel and his Army counterpart with vital intelligence. Later, to hide the biggest U.S. intelligence secret of the day, they covered it up.

Following the Admiral’s death, his sons - both Navy veterans - fought on to clear his name. Now that they in turn are dead, Kimmel’s grandsons continue the struggle. 

With unprecedented access to documents, diaries and letters, and the family’s cooperation, Summers’ and Swan’s search for the truth took them far beyond the Kimmel story - to explore claims of duplicity and betrayal in high places in Washington.

A Matter of Honor is a story of politics and war, of a man willing to sacrifice himself for his country only to be sacrificed himself. Revelatory and definitive, it is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of this pivotal event.


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Praise for ​​
A Matter of Honor
"Meticulous, eloquent, and compelling - and hugely readable. The 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack is well served by A MATTER OF HONOR."
                                                                             Simon Winchester, author of PACIFIC
"A fine book. Summers and Swan drive a stake through the heart of the outrageous theory which, like Dracula, has stubbornly refused to die - that villainous conspirators, including President Roosevelt - were somehow responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor. Scrupulously researched and rigorously argued, A Matter of Honor also rehabilitates the reputation of Admiral Husband Kimmel, who took the fall for the incompetence and snafus of the higher-ups who are the real villains of this compellingly told story."
                              David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Freedom
                                                                                                                                  from Fear

"Reads like a thriller...An airtight case that Admiral Kimmel should not have been blamed... The authors delineate who in the U.S. government and military knew about Japan's intentions. There were dots that American intelligence did not properly connect. Kimmel was scapegoated and slandered ..."
                                                                                                                 Publishers Weekly

"The most comprehensive, accurate and thoroughly researched book of events leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor ever written. It provides new information never before revealed...This book identifies ten senior Washington officials who were never held accountable...Admiral Harold Stark, Chief of Naval Operations, not only betrayed Kimmel but committed perjury before the Naval Court of Inquiry. As a matter of honor, for the institution of the U.S. Navy, it is long past due to correct the injustice that has been imposed on Kimmel and Short. Their wartime ranks must be posthumously restored." 
Admiral James Lyons, former                                                                             Commander in Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet

"Anthony Summers' & Robbyn Swan's A Matter of Honor is a noble and right-minded portrait of Admiral Kimmel, the scapegoat for Pearl Harbor.The amount of fresh research is deeply impressive. Never again, too, can anybody claim that FDR knew about the bombing in advance. Highly recommended!"
                                                           Douglas Brinkley, author of Rightful Heritage:
                                                              Franklin D. Roosevelt & the Land of America

"Meticulous research...provides a great deal of insight into the ordeal of Admiral Husband Kimmel, who served his nation well but was treated shabbily by its leaders."
                                                                Paul Stillwell, author of Battleship Arizona,
                                                                       the former senior editor of Proceedings

"Compelling, thoroughly researched. A much needed objective look, especially, at the role of Admiral Husband Kimmel, who was in command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet on December and whose name was forever tainted. Summers and Swan make complex history clear."
             Col. Kevin Farrell, former Chief of Military History,
                                                                                 U.S. Military Academy, West Point.
"Streamlined, muscular, objective, and well-written - a sensitive examination of a vast constellation of source material. Summers and Swan dispose of the silly "President Roosevelt had foreknowledge" conspiracy theory in a no-nonsense way. And they present a powerful argument in defense of Admiral Kimmel, who was blamed for the attack and forced into inglorious retirement. They prove that Kimmel was deprived of vital intelligence information and - far from being guilty of dereliction of duty - did the best he could with the limited sources available. An excellent book."
             Martin Morgan, World War II historian and
                                                                                 author of The Americans on D-Day

"Pearl Harbor: The Truth"

Photo from the History Channel's 75th anniversary special, 'Pearl Harbor: The Truth'.

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