Comments on Day of Deceit
"Many of us who are veterans of World War II's Pacific Theater of Operations have always suspected that the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was deliberately provoked. A half century later, Robert Stinnett has come up with most of the smoking guns. Day of Deceit shows that the famous 'surprise' attack was no surprise to our war-minded rulers, and that the three thousand American military men killed and wounded one Sunday morning in Hawaii were, to our rulers and their present avatars, a small price to pay for that 'global empire' over which we now so ineptly preside."
"Step by step, Stinnett goes through the prelude to war, using new documents to reveal the terrible secrets that have never before been disclosed to the public. It is disturbing that eleven presidents, including those I admired, kept the truth from the public until Stinnett's Freedom of Information Act requests finally persuaded the Navy to release the evidence."
--JOHN TOLAND, PULITZER PRIZE--WINNING AUTHOR OF INFAMY
"After what went on in Europe, no one can say our wartime President was wrong to go to war against the Axis, but we have the right to discover how he did it, and a historical obligation to clear the names of persons wrongly blamed. Robert Stinnett, using the Freedom of Information Act, has spent sixteen years delving into our national archives on this subject. There was obvious concealment, but not everything could be covered up and the result is eye-opening."
--EDWARD L. BEACH, AUTHOR OF SCAPEGOATS: A DEFENSE OF KIMMEL AND SHORT AT PEARL HARBOR AND OF RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP
"Pearl Harbor. Anyone interested in the subject must read Day of Deceit. It contains new and frightening documentation about what caused America's greatest military disaster. It is one of the most important books about Pearl Harbor in recent memory; it will also create a firestorm of debate about our nation's military and civilian leadership as America was swept into World War II."
--BRUCE LEE, COAUTHOR OF PEARL HARBOR: FINAL JUDGEMENTAND AUTHOR OF MARCHING ORDERS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF WORLD WAR II
JAPAN TIMES, January 29, 2001:" Stinnett is only among the most recent
American writers to suspect and conclude that U.S. President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt knew what was coming but for political reasons let it run its
course.Â The suspicion goes right back to the first few days after the
attack, if not before, as is familiar to anyone who has scanned literature on
In the Japan Times' article, writer Hiroaki Sato suggests that the
Japanese public regards the Pearl Harbor attack by its carrier force as a
"spectacular tactical success." According to Sato, the Japanese public do
not believe the Imperial Japanese Navy was provoked into attacking US forces
in Hawaii. "In point of fact, it is Americans, not Japanese, who are and
have been recycling the notion of FDR entrapment," writes Sato.