By James Leutze
From his earliest days at the college of the U.S. Naval Academy, the place he was once devoted to educational reform, to his second” occupation in elected workplace, Hart may possibly continually be stumbled on amid controversy.
His appointment as commander of the Asiatic fleet, a billet he sought after and was once resulted in think he may get, used to be in part the results of uneasy courting with FDR. right here, enlivened with Hart’s naval and diplomatic studies within the Philippines and the Netherlands East Indies, vantage issues that supplied him with an outstanding standpoint at the beginning phases of the Pacific War.
James Leutze offers us with Hart’s firsthand account of the Lanikai-Isabel incident, the damaging foray ordered by way of Roosevelt in 1941. even supposing, ostensibly, the aim of the maneuver used to be to garner info at the activities of the japanese fleet, Hart truly thought of that Roosevelt’s goal was once to impress the Japanese.
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