Pearl Harbor: Military Inconvenience, Political Disaster

  title={Pearl Harbor: Military Inconvenience, Political Disaster},
  author={John Mueller},
  journal={International Security},
  pages={172 - 203}
  • John Mueller
  • Published 1991
  • Political Science
  • International Security
ally describe the damage inflicted by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, in dramatic, almost apocalyptic, terms. The Joint Congressional Committee that investigated the event after the war labeled the attack ”the greatest military and naval disaster in our Nation’s history.”’ Leading students of the attack use similar language. John Toland has characterized Pearl Harbor as a “catastrophe” and as “the worst military disaster in [American] history,” while Samuel Eliot… Expand
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