KIMMEL, SHORT, AND PEARL HARBOR: The Final Report Revealed

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KIMMEL, SHORT, AND PEARL HARBOR: The Final Report Revealed, Fred Borch and Daniel Martinez, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2005, 220 pages, $25.95.

The word "final" in the title of Fred Borch and Daniel Martinez's Kimmel, Short, and Pearl Harbor: The Final Report Revealed is not an empty claim. This indeed should be the final assessment of whom to blame for what happened at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

The reader who knows little about Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel's and Major General Walter C. Short's conduct on 7 December can learn here all they need to know. Countless books and reports look at other aspects of the attack, but this one clearly and objectively tells the story of how loyal and embittered champions of Kimmel and Short have attempted to clear their names.

The core of the book is the 1995 "Dorn Report," named for Undersecretary of Defense Edwin Dorn, who at the request of Senator Strom Thurmond investigated the question of posthumously promoting Kimmel and Short. The officers' families and supporters saw such promotions (restoration of Kimmel's rank to four stars and Short's rank to three stars) as a vindication of the officers' behavior at Pearl Harbor. …