A Matter of Honor by Anthony Summers audiobook

A Matter of Honor: Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, and a Family's Quest for Justice

By Anthony Summers  and Robbyn Swan
Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062405517
12.01 Hours Unabridged
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On the seventy-fifth anniversary, the authors of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Eleventh Day unravel the mysteries of Pearl Harbor to 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 on December 7, 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. But 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. For them, 2016 is a pivotal year. With unprecedented access to documents, diaries and letters, and the family’s cooperation, Summers’ and Swan’s search for the truth has taken them far beyond the Kimmel story—to explore claims of duplicity and betrayal in high places in Washington. A Matter of Honor is a provocative 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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Summary

Summary

On the seventy-fifth anniversary, the authors of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Eleventh Day unravel the mysteries of Pearl Harbor to 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 on December 7, 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.

But 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. For them, 2016 is a pivotal year.

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

A Matter of Honor is a provocative 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A Matter of Honor is a noble and right-minded portrait of Admiral Husband Kimmel—the scapegoat of Pearl Harbor…Fresh, deeply impressive research. Highly recommended!” Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author
“A fine book. Summers and Swan drive a stake through the heart of the outrageous theory which, like Dracula, has stubbornly refused to die.” David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
“Meticulous, eloquent, and compelling—and hugely readable. The 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack is well served by A Matter of Honor.” Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: Anthony Summers

Author Bio: Anthony Summers

Anthony Summers is the bestselling author of a number of nonfiction books. His investigative books include Not in Your LifetimeOfficial and ConfidentialGoddess, a biography of Marilyn Monroe; and The Eleventh Day, a book on the 9/11 attacks and a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History.

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Author Bio: Robbyn Swan

Author Bio: Robbyn Swan

Robbyn Swan takes pride in having worked some of the biggest stories of this century and the last, from the rise of the American Mafia, to the Hiss spy case, to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Her 2011 book, The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 & Osama bin Laden, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History and won the prestigious Gold Dagger for nonfiction on the subject of crime.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.01
Audience: Adult
Language: English