Hitler Attacks Pearl Harbor: Why the United States Declared War on Germany

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003 - History - 227 pages
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In the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, U.S. politicians, policymakers, and citizens focused their desire for retribution not on the obvious target, Japan, but on Hitler's Germany. Richard Hill challenges a major point of conventional wisdom on U.S.-Axis relations to explain why the U.S. held Hitler responsible for the Japanese action - and why Hitler's December 11 declaration of war was inconsequential to the U.S. involvement in the European theatre. Hill's carefully argued analysis reveals widespread acceptance in late 1941 that the route to Tokyo was through Berlin. Despite emerging uncertainty about German guilt for Pearl Harbor, he concludes, the prevailing public opinion in the first weeks after December 7 mandated a Germany-first strategy and continued to color U.S. policy throughout the war.

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The information conveyed in this book pretty much demolishes the notion that one of Hitler's worst and most mind-boggling of mistakes was to declare war on the US on 12-11-41 thereby bringing about ... Read full review


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When Japanese war planes attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, most Americans believed that Germany had conspired with Japan to stage the attack. After ... Read full review


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Richard Hill is adjunct professor of U.S. history at Florida International University.

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