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Day Of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  49 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, hawaii, wwii, japan, war
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
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
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.
Matthew Kresal
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Updated review July 25, 2020:

The attack on Pearl Harbor is one of the defining events of 20th century American history. It was the event that, almost single-handedly, set the nation on the course to superpower status that it has maintained for nearly eight decades now. It is perhaps unsurprising that there would be questions about what led to the Japanese attack and what those in the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt knew before it happened. Robert Stinnett offered up some i
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
Dan Walker
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This is a tough book to read. It flips constantly between the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the investigations that have happened since, the evidence that has been deliberately withheld, and the details of radio counterintelligence. So the narrative flow is tough to follow.

The author appears to have compiled a lot of hard information showing how much the US government knew, or should have known, about the attack beforehand. Unfortunately I don't really feel qualified to evaluate the ex
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
David Medders
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A student of history quickly concludes that things are rarely what they seem. This is emphatically true for the usual record of Pearl Harbor. Thankfully the author, Robert Stinnett, has brought to light the results of thousands of pages secured more recently through the Freedom of Information Act. He has further organized the evidence in a clear and forthright manner that leaves the reader without doubt that we knew.

Before the attack, our cryptographers had decoded all five of the types of Japa
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
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
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
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so impressed with the diligence and tons of research required by the author to be able to write about the history of Pearl Harbor. Although this book was written twenty years ago, there were still so many missing, secured or redacted documents that could not be read and many of the key people involved had already died. However, the author was able to piece together many of the key events and provided an absolutely fascinating look at the sequence of events from the point of view of the U.S ...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
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
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think it is safe to say at this point, that FDR knew the attack on Perl Harbor was imminent and did nothing to stop or alert of its pending doom. What is unclear is if it was done in an attempt to cause the U.S. to accept us involving ourselves into the war, since he had come out in Public stating that he would not send our boys into war, to trust help the Jews or if it was in an attempt to save the economy and his bad economic decisions. What is clear, is that FDR was one of the worst POTUS t ...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
About 80 pages in but could not finish. The book is meticulously researched which is necessary as they author has set out to show that FDR and others knowingly provoked the Japanese into WW2 AND that they knew about Pearl Harbor. It is an important book, but the alphabet soup of acronyms, the various people and places, and the various other details were too confusing for me to keep straight and truly comprehend in a meaningful way.

Takeaway - there is evidence of forewarning before Pearl Harbor t
Pastor Greg
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Highly recommended. My only real criticism is that the author, who should be credited for mentioning his pro-FDR bias, nonetheless must be criticized for making excuses for FDR's dishonesty as he (the author) exposes the reality that Pearl Harbor was an unnecessary "day that will live in infamy".

This should be read along with Pat Buchanan's, "Churchill, Hitler and 'The Unnecessary War " as well as General S.D. Butler's speech entitled, " War Is A Racket."
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm sold. FDR not only attempted to provoke an attack on the Pearl Harbor military installation, but worked to prevent adequate preparation and then instituted a cover up. Mid-range score for book being a little *too* interested in cryptology. The chapters get feel a little repetitive because they are so detail dense. Bless FOIA.
Joe Holman
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, historical
Ok. This book confirmed a lot that I suspected. Be nice if the rest of the records were released for public scrutiny.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Day of Deceit by Robert B. Stinnett
I understood Stinnett was only looking at the betrayal from the military side and he makes a good case for that. If anyone wants to know the truth about what actually happened in the Treasury Department,The State Department and the White House, I would recommend, "American Betrayal" by Diana West, "How the Far East was Lost" by Anthony Kubek and "Roosevelt's Road to Russia" by Dr. George N. Crocker
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Robert B. Stinnett was an American journalist and author. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946, where he earned ten battle stars and a Presidential Unit Citation.

After leaving the Navy, Stinnett worked as a journalist and photographer for the Oakland Tribune. In November 1982, he took the famous photograph of "The Play" during the last-second during the college f

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