Remembering Pearl Harbor
The late Roberta Wohlstetter's Pearl Harbor
is the must-read book, not only for Pearl Harbor but for 9/11 as well. She explains the difference between background "noise" and the actual events, and how difficult it can be to determine which is what--especially when our own objectives are unclear. She is particuarly acute on technological change and political will in shaping strategy. Here is the Albert Wohlstetter website.
I was recently reminded that venerable American historian Edmund Morgan is her brother; here
is her obituary, which refers to the work of her husband Albert, who was an important figure in the Cold War and the teacher of many a Washington DC defense intellectual and policy maker.
2:19 AM / December 7, 2009