The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor
New York: John T. Flynn, 1945. Second edition, revised; a follow-up to his privately-printed pamphlet The Truth About Pearl Harbor (1944). Pamphlet. Stapled newsprint, 6 x 9 inches, 15 pp. An uncommon privately printed pamphlet. Browning and offsetting to newsprint wrappers with chipping to corners, else very good. Item #52
A privately printed pamphlet published by John T. Flynn (1882–1964) as a follow-up to his 1944 pamphlet The Truth About Pearl Harbor. Flynn, an anti-war journalist and staunch critic of President Roosevelt, was among the first to publicly question the events surrounding the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. In September 1944, Flynn privately printed a pamphlet, The Truth About Pearl Harbor, in which he argued that President Roosevelt’s administration had advanced knowledge regarding a possible Japanese attack on the US. Flynn’s The Truth About Pearl Harbor was also published in the Chicago Tribune in October 1944 and spurred other journalists to critically evaluate the events surrounding Pearl Harbor. Flynn supplemented this pamphlet in 1945 with The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor after the disclosure of certain military reports on the attack. The redoubtable Flynn concluded in this follow-up pamphlet that President Roosevelt and his administration were responsible for diplomatic mismanagement with Japan, for maintaining an insufficiently secure fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, and for failing to provide Pearl Harbor with appropriate defenses. An uncommon pamphlet that records Flynn’s tireless campaign to discover the truth about the events leading up to and following the unprecedented attack on Pearl Harbor.