In Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR’s White House Triggered Pearl Harbor, author John Koster uses recently declassified evidence and never-before-translated documents to tell the real story of the day that FDR memorably declared would live in infamy. Operation Snow shows how Joseph Stalin and the KGB used a vast network of double agents and communist sympathizers - most notably Harry Dexter White - to lead Japan into war against the United States, demonstrating incontestable Soviet involvement behind the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
A thrilling account of espionage, mystery, and war, Operation Snow will forever change the way we think about Pearl Harbor and World War II.
John Koster is a columnist for World War II magazine and a former newspaper journalist. His work has also appeared in Military History, American Heritage, American History, and other publications. Koster is a US Army veteran and award-winning author.
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By Jody Wells on 07-08-18
Don't Miss This One
Fantastic book that casts the second WW - and ultimately the Cold War - in an entirely new light. Love the narrator's voice. Short book, easy read. Brilliant.
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By James A. Bretney on 11-12-14
Informative but fails to make its case
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I am an anti-communist. I am very informed and the topic interested. Koster makes the case that Soviet agents - one in particular Henry Dexter White was responsible for Pearl Harbor. Henry Dexter White served as an agent of influence for Stalin. He is a very evil man, but who dropped those bombs on Pearl Harbor? Who took those pictures of Japanese atrocity in Nanking? Who starved those boys in Bataan? This book informs us of the Japanese perspective, miscalculations and exposes the racism of Americans vis a vis the Japanese. The Soviets did benefit greatly by the war and Henry Dexter White influenced FDR through Morganthau. But the vary evidence Koster lays before us in his book convicts the Japanese more than anyone else. Koster states that Japan was unstable, wanted peace with China and America. The decision to use war as a means to create stability inside Japan was a Japanese one. Efforts to make peace with China and the United States had to come from Japan. As much as I hate the Soviets and admire Japanese culture, the decision to go to war was a Japanese one.
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