"...for obvious reasons, individuals engaged in operations of the nature contemplated in China must have no connection with the U.S. Government Services." 

- Bruce G. Leighton, (Lt. Commander, USN, ret.) January of 1941

 

Book Reviews



(Here is a photo of Dr. Lauchlin Currie with Madame Chiang. Currie had a Ph.D in economics from Harvard and was largely in charge of economic aid to China. As an aide to President Roosevelt, Currie was responsible, to a great extent, for funding and supplying the AVG. Currie discovered the availability of  the Lockheed Hudsons and Douglas DB-7 Bostons/Havocs that were going to be delivered to Chennault at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor.)
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Review of Preemptive Strike published in Armchair General  -http://www.armchairgeneral.com/preemptive-strike-the-secret-plan-that-would-have-prevented-the-attack-on-pearl-harbor-book-review.htm   - Rick Baillergeon, Contributor, Armchair General

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An absolutely astounding revelation that is sure to re-write pre-WW II history.  Alan Armstrong's research has uncovered very credible documentation of U.S. clandestine ops that clearly shows we were going to pull the trigger before Japan. Destined to be a blockbuster, it is a must read for all WW II historians and buffs. A tremendous piece of work.     - Roger Post, Editor, Flight Journal

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A highly readable tale of adventure, intrigue, and politics that reveals for the first time the true facts of the creation of the famous "Flying Tigers," the colorful and effective P-40 squadron that flew from primitive bases in China and gave the Japanese fits in the early months of WWII. Painstakingly researched and extensively footnoted, with many previously unknown documents revealing Cabinet and Presidential collusion with Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek in preparation for war.  Amust read work for anyone interested in international affairs, espionage, the inner workings of government, military history, and, of course, the famous "Flying Tigers."     - S. F. Bloyer, Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

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Preemptive Strike is a riveting story, well written and convincingly presented. Alan Armstrong tells the tale of the “on again, off again” plan by the United States to bomb Japan before Pearl Harbor. It is a tale of the various influences, personalities, and dynamics that affect the most serious government decisions. In that sense the story is both current and timeless. The facts recounted in Preemptive Strike also compel the reader to move beyond a mere “good guy/bad guy” interpretation of the beginning of the Pacific War. This book invites a re-examination of widely accepted views of important historical events.     
- Richard L. Dunn, Senior Fellow, University of Maryland

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So much for the notion that the 1940s were simpler, more innocent times . . . Alan Armstrong's "Preemptive Strike" shows Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Claire Channault and other American leaders in all their stunning complexity. His fresh, unflinching look at pre-war U.S. military posture brings into question things we thought we knew about our nation's first "day of infamy," and the 20th century's "good war." Parallels to today's "War on Terror" are striking.     - Dave Hirschman,  Author of "Hijacked: The Heroes of Flight 705" and "She's Just Another Navy Pilot"

 



(A wartime propaganda poster.)

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I was seven years old, sitting in front of my grandmother’s large Philco console radio, as I heard FDR declare war on the Axis on December 8, 1941. In that speech he gave December 7 a name never to be forgotten… “A Day of Infamy”.

During the entire war in the Pacific theater, I followed radio news accounts of the action, as well as the newspaper stories and the weekly newsreel at the neighborhood movie house. I enthusiastically followed the Flying Tigers, Pearl Harbor, Midway, the A-bombs, the Japanese surrender on the battleship Missouri on August 15, 1945.

Following the war there were many, many books about the history of the Pacific theater, most recently “Flyboys” by James Bradley. But now comes “Preemptive Strike” that surpasses all of the others that provide historical content on this subject. Alan Armstrong’s five years of research for his book unearthed many facts that were either unknown or overlooked by the authors of many previous writings. After reading this book, you realize that the term “A Day of Infamy” has two meanings. One refers to what the Japanese did at Pearl Harbor; the other refers to what the U.S., particularly at the highest government echelons, failed to do with the knowledge and plans that it had.

Armstrong has uncovered facts that turn around a significant part of our history about WWII in the Pacific theater. It is written without a liberal or conservative agenda. Just great history! Approach the book that way and you’ll enjoy the read.

- Gene Schayer, President, Transportation Expo, Producers of Air and Car Shows

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A fascinating big-picture study of secret U.S. contingency planning for supporting China in 1940-41.  This tour-de-force detective project examines many scattered sources to reconstruct what was a largely undocumented operation.  It places the role of my dad and his AVG colleagues in a larger perspective, and explains the many frustrations they encountered in their heroic efforts to assist the people of China.     - Shiela Bishop Irwin, Daughter of Lewis Bishop, First AVG Flying Tigers, Vice Squadron Leader, AVG, 3rd Squadron, Hell’s Angels, and co-author of his story – Escape From Hell:  an AVG Flying Tiger’s Journey

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Alan Armstrong’s “Preemptive Strike” is a well-written, well-documented book that is easy to read and understand.  Once you start reading it, there is no way you are going to put it down.  Alan has done a remarkable job of telling the true and untold story of the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.  A book you must read.     - Rick Wolf, Son of Fritz E. Wolf, Flight Leader, First Squadron, American Volunteer Group.

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Anthony Paul, journalist with the Strait Times, published a review of Preemptive Strike.  You may view this document HERE.

 

 

 

 

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