Pearl Harbor – your opinion? / “Leora’s Letters” review

This subject is still a topic of debate, even to this day.   Please watch these 2 videos before giving me your opinion.  Thank You.

 

 

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Book Review – Leora’s Letters”  by:  Joy Neal Kidney

No one warned me that when you read this book – you must be prepared to join the family.

Reading Leora’s Letters, you do not merely become acquainted with this close-knit, hard-working family – you become one of them.  In this tumultuous period of our history, you are transported into the  heartland’s home front and the different areas of combat of that age.  You can understand their dreams and hopes; feel their anguish, trepidation and heartaches and you pull for each member of that family to succeed just as you do for your own loved ones.

One need not be a WWII buff or knowledgeable of military operations to comprehend the Wilson brothers’ correspondences.  You need not be familiar with Iowa in the 1940’s to grasp the emotions and hardships they endured.

This non-fiction experience will not disappoint – and don’t take MY word for that!!  After reading it, I researched the opinion of other readers and it has a solid 5-Star rating!!  Click HERE or the link above to purchase this treasure or click on Joy’s name above to reach her website.

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Military Humor – 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Barbara Barnett – Chappaqua, NY; US Army WAC, WWII, nurse

Calvin Beazley – Chesterfield, VA; US Army, WWII, SSgt.,1151st Engineer Combat Group ? Korea

Cecil Crookshanks – Rainelle, WV; US Navy, WWII, Korea & Vietnam (Ret.)

Theodore Fibison (100) – Syracuse, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, pilot, Flight Instructor

Don Howison – Bradenton, FL; US Navy, WWII, PTO, The last officer of the USS Indianapolis to take his final voyage.

Margaret Madden – Berlin, MD; US Navy WAVES, WWII

Colin G. Parry – Hamilton, NZ; RNZ Air Force # 432370, WWII

Wallace Ramos Jr. – Honey Grove, TX; US Navy, WWII / Korea, Chief Petty Officer (Ret.)

Arthur B. Summers – Poplar, MT; USMC, WWII, PTO, Gunnery Sgt., KIA (Tarawa)

LLoyd R. Timm – Kellogg, MN; US Navy, WWII, PTO, Seaman 2nd Class, USS Oklahoma, KIA (Pearl Harbor)

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on January 9, 2020, in Book Reviews, Home Front, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 189 Comments.

  1. GP, “Leora’s Letters” sounds good! I viewed the videos. There is much new research over the decades regarding what the USA knew or did not know prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. My only reading on the subject was as an American history major at Rutgers, 1964-1968. The book, still on my library shelf, “The Road to Pear Harbor,” by Herbert Feis, 1950, left me with the distinct impression that we knew an attack was coming whether it be the Philippines, Guam, or Hawaii. My opinion has not narrowed it more than that. Phil

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  2. P.S. Just downloaded a copy of Leora’s Letters to my kindle!

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  3. Thanks for the review, GP. The controversy still continues and I would enjoy reading the book. Will add it to my TBR and suggest for our local book club as well.

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    • Thank you very much, Bette. I hope the book club picks it up as well. I’d very much like to hear their opinions.

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      • Already a classic having been written in 1964: The American Style of Paranoid Politics, by Richard Hofsteader. For every book “exposing the conspiracy” of Pearl Harbor, there have been books exposing the research of the conspiracy theorists. But, like books about the JFK assassination cover-ups, and the 9/11 cover-ups, and the UFO cover-ups, all of this feeds the idea that “everything you know is a lie.” and “the enemy of the people is the media.” We vets have served to guarantee our right to paranoia.

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  4. Hmmm. I think you need a strong stomach if you’re going to step inside the kitchen to see how the sausage is made. But that’s just me.

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  5. I think the President would not have sat on his hands and suffered catastrophic naval loss just to precipitate public feeling to enter the war against Germany. It is more likely that information that could have warned of any attack or escalation in hostility by the Japanese was lost in the morass of background noise or wasn’t pushed up the ranks to the top as fast or as far as required. It is always easier to see the pattern in retrospect.

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  6. I don’t feel qualified to offer an opinion only on the basis of two videos, GP. The book sounds very interesting.

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