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Day Of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  41 reviews
In Day of Deceit, Robert Stinnett delivers the definitive final chapter on America's greatest secret and our worst military disaster.

Drawing on twenty years of research and access to scores of previously classified documents, Stinnett proves that Pearl Harbor was not an accident, a mere failure of American intelligence, or a brilliant Japanese military coup. By showing tha
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 8th 2001 by Free Press (first published December 1st 1999)
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Apr 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, japan, war, hawaii, wwii
A very interesting book that reveals some interesting (but not completely convincing) evidence that FDR and his inner circle were given clear intelligence that clearly forewarned the Pearl Harbor attack. The research is fascinating, but the presentation is fractured and riddled with editorial errors. In one place a reference to a document or event has one date, in other places it is ascribed to a year before or after. Stinnett engaged in a massive review of hundreds of thousands of documents, an ...more
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Lot of rehashing of information from chapter to chapter, but it makes a very very good case.
So real quick let me sum up the book:

FDR initiated a plan to force Japan into war with the US. We had broken all the Japanese codes. We knew they were on the way. The Admiral for the Pacific Fleet was not recieving key information that others recieved. The Governement instructed the fleet that all ships were to stay out of the Northern Pacific, the regular shipping route, two weeks before the attack. Reco
Donnie Reeves
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I have long believed that our government lies to us and then lies to us about lying to us....this book convinced me my suspicions were correct. Although at time the book saddened me it was exceptional with regards to the subject matter. If you are interested in how the war really began and what roll Washington had in hiding the details then this is a book you wont want to miss.
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was a schoolchild during WWII and remember well the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. Many of us wondered at the time how could the Navy have been surprised so completely. Stinnett has done some yeoman's work in researching this book. He has been stonewalled by the political and military bureaucracy for more than a decade trying to get the true information. He has put together some pretty convincing facts from people who have the truth. Some of the data has been classified as Secret to prevent hi ...more
Mark Williams
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Some might come away from this book thinking that FDR had knowledge that Japan would be attacking the USA. However, as with many accusations of a conspiracy, this is merely looking at the signs of an attack after the event has occurred. Putting the pieces together after the event are very easy if you know exactly what to look for. It's a very different thing to determine if an attack is imminent if the event has yet to happen.

Also, contrary from derived from the title of this book, I do not thin
Dave Brown
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dave by: Joel Ventresca
There is so much detail in this book that I tried repeatedly to skim it, but I could not. I am not an avid reader of military history, but I found this one thoroughly engrossing. The main questions and conclusions are clear from the beginning, so this reader's delight was not in the story but in Robert Stinnett's exhaustive research. I would not wish the job of editing his personally typewritten manuscript on anyone, and the reader must tolerate some organizational problems and redundancies, but ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Worthless is the kindest thing I can say. I don't find anything new or valuable which the author has actually proven. There are so many logical leaps based on such scant evidence. He also fails one important logical test, was there a simpler answer to the questions posed? Did what happened require a vast, well hidden conspiracy to have happened? I would say emphatically, NO. I had to read this as I've read so much of the Pearl Harbor literature. The author doesn't show much of a grasp of the sub ...more
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Didn't you always want to know how Pearl Harbor could be attacked without any defence?
Now we know.......Roosevelt knew, and he not only let it happen, he moved the Northern Fleet out the way so the Japanese could get within range. A MUST READ to understand Vietnam, and Iraq.
Eileen Conner

This is a book with interesting points. It is written very didactically, determined to make you see the author's point. The author includes only documents that prove his point, and excludes many others. I felt that it was like many conspiracy books, very one sided and incomplete.
Friedrich Mencken
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Question: What do these incidents have in common?
Vietnam – Gulf of Tonkin Incident
WW2 - Attack on Pearl Harbor
WW1 – Lusitania
Spain – USS Maine Explosion
Civil War – Fort Sumter

That the good side was viciously and deceitfully attacked by the forces of evil? If your natural response goes something along these lines you really need to read this book!

Although this is a very well documented and extremely important book for finding the truth in history what I find strange is the assertion from the auth
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: wwii, history
An interesting perspective on the attack, this limits its scope to the signals intelligence that has been suppressed and/or unavailable to historians and researchers in previous examinations of the Pearl Harbor attack. He provides a somewhat compelling case that certain military and civilian officials were engaged in a systematic effort to force Japan into the first overt act of war based on an 8-point plan written by a naval officer 14 months before the attack. He documents the creation and dev ...more
Sarah TheAromaofBooks
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you love conspiracy theories, or if you think that FDR was actually a crappy president (woot! I fit both those categories!) you will enjoy this book.

Honestly, I think that Stinnett did a good job with this book. It is a *bit* conspiracy-theory-ish, but not in that overboard I’m-writing-this-from-an-undisclosed-location-so-I-don’t-get-killed kind of way. Basically, Stinnett’s premise is that FDR wanted our country to be involved in World War II, and so he did everything he could to (a) provoke
Bliss Tew
Sep 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Honest Americans and historians.
Recommended to Bliss by: An article by James Perloff.
Perhaps the most important book written about World War II as it defines the betrayal of our sailors and soldiers stationed at Pearl Harbor by the president of the USA, Franklin D. Roosevelt, as he kept secret his knowledge of the translations of decoded messages from Japan's Navy and Diplomatic corps.

Robert Welch, the founder of The John Birch Society, had revealed the treason of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1954 in a letter to friends that was later published at "THE POLITICIAN," and Robert Stinne
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Here Stinnett is alleging that the Roosevelt administration deliberately provoked and allowed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in order to bring the United States into World War II. The Republicans and the American people strongly opposed entering World War II. Stinnett claims to have found information showing that the attacking fleet was detected through radio and intelligence intercepts, but that the information was deliberately withheld from Admiral Kimmel, the commander of the base. He sh ...more
Dennis Beery
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A detailed account of how Franklin Roosevelt and his top military advisors manipulated the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor so that he could enter America into the war in Europe against Nazi Germany. That over 2,400 American servicemen were sacrificed, along with the careers of Admiral Husband Kimmel and Lieutenant General Walter Short was apparently not too small a price to pay for FDR to have his war. Another book that confirms my contention that America has never fought in a just war, at ...more
May 22, 2009 is currently reading it
I am enjoying it. It get's a little bogged down in details but it does have to prove the point. I should question what he is saying but I don't.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second time I read this book. I was prompted to do that after reading “No Ordinary Times” by Doris Goodwin Kearns. I remember feeling a great deal of anger at FDR after reading the book the first time. Not so much this time, as I have a better understanding of the motivation and the quandary that Roosevelt was in.

T his is a well researched, well written book. I found that trying to keep up with the various intercepted codes and agencies doing that, a bit of a challenge.

There have be
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book. Easy to follow. Great explanations, names, dates, and events to help explain the author's position. Recommended to all Americans as part of real History, not the revised history that's been part of our public schools and culture/society for the past 100 yrs. Yes, there are a few people still willing to share the truth out there, and back it up with facts, and I'm thankful for them. Many of these facts are verifiable online today. Through my personal studies of the past 20 yrs, I've c ...more
Lee Tracy
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stinnett makes a very good case that FDR, George Marshall and other top civilian and military leaders allowed Pearl Harbor to be attacked to force a change in American public opinion away from "isolationism." Having been interested in Pearl Harbor since I was very young, I've read many books about the subject and have always been suspicious of the "surprise attack" story. John Toland's book, published in the 1980s, was very powerful, but Stinnett uncovered new evidence that pretty much proves it ...more
Andreas Schmidt
Un veterano della guerra si domanda se ai vertici delle nazione non avessero preso in considerazione l'idea di far entrare gli Stati Uniti in guerra con quel fervore tutto americano che solo loro riescono a sfoggiare quando c'è da vendicarsi (del tipo: "ricordatevi di Alamo!", "ricordatevi di Custer!", e poi "ricordatevi di Pearl Harbor!"). Attraverso una serie di documenti desecretati Stinnett mostra una serie di fatti che sembrano paventare appunto questa idea: gli Stati Uniti hanno venduto pe ...more
Gerald Kinro
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Using the Freedom of Information Act, Pacific theater veteran Stinnett researched the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and presents strong documented evidence that the attack was not a "sneak attack" but part of a well-orchestrated plan to galvanize the American people to support the United States entry into World War Two. At the core was a plan to pressure the Japanese into their actions. Also involved were the shifting of personnel and resources to make our defenses more vulnerable, and the leg ...more
There have been inquiries, congressional committees, investigations and questions concerning the issue of how much or government [Franklin Roosevelt] knew in advance about the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor in December 1941. This author provides a complete case in this book amd suggests that not only did he know in advance, but encouraged it in order to solidify the then isolationist U.S. population in support of the war. My conclusion after reading the book is that there was so much evidence t ...more
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
Lacking narrative coherence, repetitive and scattered, the text is tantalizing nonetheless. The author did his research, culling routing slips from archives which Congressional investigators ('45-'46, '95) overlooked.

It becomes clear in the first couple of chapters that the attack on Pearl Harbor was not a those in the know. For political reasons, Army and Navy chiefs in Pearl Harbor were deliberately kept in the dark while lower-ranking intelligence officers forwarded intercepts
Apr 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: history-ww2
In a fairly alarmist tone, the author shows just how much Roosevelt and members of his cabinet knew about the Pearl Harbor attack before it happened. He claims, and I am prone to believe him, that Roosevelt and others allowed the attack to occur in order to arouse patriotism and interest in the war. Otherwise we would have not entered when we did...if at all. I believe there are groups in high places in politics and the media who do the same things today.
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
I think that FDR didn’t know in advance. Stinnett provides a lot of documents but alas no smoking guns.

The comments of Stephen Budiansky at

and David Kahn (author of Codebreakers), are telling: take Stinnett with a grain of salt.

This review link to Kahn’s review says it better than I can,
Devin Wren
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
It was interesting and our government has always proven themselves untrustworthy but I cannot imagine we would let this happen although I do believe we were provoking Japan and needed an excuse to get involved in WWII. Not the best written but then the subject is rather dull because it is basically poring through documents and trying to tie them together. Does he succeed? Not sure but it is food for thought.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did President Roosevelt know of the impending attack on Pearl Harbor and cynically not inform the commanding officers at Pearl Harbor, Admiral Kimmel or General Short, to get the USA to declare war? The author builds a strong case that this is exactly what happened.

This is a very detailed book, more for scholars and specialists in the field, than the lay reader. The author of necessity must overwhelm with detailed evidence as he builds his court case for his theory.
Matthew Kresal
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
A fascinating book that offers evidence that FDR provoked the Japanese and then allowed the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor. There are some amazing revelations made that shake the very foundations of what we know about the attacks. A must read for anyone interested in World War II, World / American history, or how America goes to war.
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is very interesting. It's meticulously researched and the paper trail is there, and the author proves his point. My only complaint was that it could be a bit dry at times. Otherwise, highly recommended.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
Much of the evidence seemed to be presented over and over again. There was so much that was censored or missing. The way in which the evidence was presented was, in general , rather dry. This made the few instances when a barb was aimed at Roosevelt stand out
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