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And I Was There: Pearl Harbor and Midway--Breaking the Secrets

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The first book by a top-ranking American navy officer to answer these questions: : Why did the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor? How did they inflict so much damage? What went wrong in our system?
Hardcover, 596 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by William Morrow & Company
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Larry Loftis
Dec 03, 2015 Larry Loftis rated it it was amazing
An absolute must-read for anyone researching Pearl Harbor. Adm. Layton was Adm. Kimmel's intelligence officer and both were unfairly blamed for the disaster. This book and Kimmel's should be read together. The bottom line is that they did not get the intelligence coming out of Washington. In particular, and what I point out in my book (Into the Lion's Mouth), is that neither Kimmel nor Layton received a word of the warning that British double agent Dusko Popov gave to the FBI in August 1941 (not ...more
George
Nov 17, 2012 George rated it really liked it
An important source of information about communications intelligence in the Pacific Ocean war zone during World War II.

"...a secret wartime navy department assessment concluded: 'It takes nothing from the achievements of the fleets of the U.S. Navy at Coral Sea to say that they had been brought to the right spot at exactly the right time by the work of radio (communications) intelligence.' " (page 404)

27 November 1941 "I learned that a top-secret and urgent dispatch had just come in. I went at o
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David
Feb 13, 2014 David rated it really liked it
Read this in conjunction with "Joe Rochefort's War" and biographies of Nimitz, Spruance and King. Now know more about the politics of code breaking than I ever expected to.
Dr. Richard
Oct 07, 2015 Dr. Richard rated it it was amazing
I read this excellent book when it was first published and loaned to a WWII vet who moved, taking the book with him. Recently, I bought a used copy and enjoyed reading it again. The movie Tora, Tora, Tora, highlights many of the issues cited in this book.
John
Nov 05, 2015 John rated it really liked it
If you have an interest in WWII and specifically the battles of the Pacific this a good but lengthy read.
Ken Megale
Such poignant sadness and teutonic personality clashes...alas.
Paul
Feb 28, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have ever read. It is a tale of courage and war, yes, but more importantly a story of the infighting that goes on in human organizations. The attitudes of the Redman brothers in trying to control the glory of intelligence show hom lust for power can subvert real power.
Peter
Jan 05, 2008 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure to read, and an absolute must read for any Naval Intelligence professional. I just cannot say enough about this book. It's well worth the read.
Scott
Jul 17, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy the history of WWII, especially naval history, as I do, your library is incomplete without this book.
Craig
Feb 01, 2010 Craig rated it really liked it
Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the war in the Pacific.
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