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Declassified Memo Hinted of 1941 Hawaii Attack

Three days before the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt was warned in a memo from naval intelligence that Tokyo’s military and spy network was focused on Hawaii, a new and eerie reminder of FDR’s failure to act on a basket load of tips that war was near.

In the newly revealed 20-page memo from FDR’s declassified FBI file, the Office of Naval Intelligence on December 4 warned, “In anticipation of open conflict with this country, Japan is vigorously utilizing every available agency to secure military, naval and commercial information, paying particular attention to the West Coast, the Panama Canal and the Territory of Hawaii.”

The memo, published in the new book December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World went on to say that the Japanese were collecting “detailed technical information” that would be specifically used by its navy. To collect and analyze information, they were building a network of spies through their U.S. embassies and consulates. Continue reading Declassified Memo Hinted of 1941 Hawaii Attack

GOP Strategist Shirley: Republican Primary Battle Could Last Until June

The GOP presidential race is in such a state of flux that it could be June before a Republican candidate will be nominated to challenge President Barack Obama, conservative strategist Craig Shirley tells Newsmax.TV.

Changes from the winner-take-all primary voting in many states mean that long-shot contenders such as former businessman Herman Cain will stay in the battle longer, with the hope that they can pick up delegates, Shirley said during the exclusive Newsmax interview.

But Shirley believes the conservative, Reaganite wing of the party ultimately will prevail, and that probablyy means a candidate much like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will emerge as the winner — barring a surprise.  Continue reading GOP Strategist Shirley: Republican Primary Battle Could Last Until June

Book looks back at Pearl Harbor 70 years later, author refutes attack conspiracy theory

With the seventieth anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack approaching on December 7, Craig Shirley is set to release a new book next week on the surprise Japanese assault that prompted American entry into World War II, “December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World.”

Shirley, the author of two histories of Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaigns and the president of the public affairs firm Shirley & Bannister, provides in the book a day-by-day account of that pivotal month, which he considers “one of the most important 31 days in the history of America.”

“I wanted to write a book that was not just about WWII history or Pearl Harbor, but also about the culture of America and how radically it was affected,” he told The Daily Caller in an interview. Continue reading Book looks back at Pearl Harbor 70 years later, author refutes attack conspiracy theory

Inside the Beltway: “December 1941”

Craig Shirley’s newest book featured in Jennifer Harper’s “Inside the Beltway” column in The Washington Times:

DEC. 7, 1941

The 70th anniversary of the Day of Infamy – the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 – is just over two weeks away. On bookshelves Tuesday, “December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World,” by historian Craig Shirley, chronicles the events that honed Yankee might and prompted the nation to shine, the author says, “with rare and piercing light.”

There is much cultural and social fare in the hefty book reflecting uncommon unity and the cheerful can-do spirit of the home front, along with news coverage of the day, plus evolving politics and grim realities. It’s all intended to give readers a sense of what their “parents and grandparents and great grandparents” were up against.

“The central and most important actor in ‘December 1941’ is the United States of America,” Mr. Shirley says.