Diplomats and Admirals Interview with Dale Jenkins
How did the U.S. recover from the devastation of Pearl Harbor and win one of the most epic battles in naval history? Was war in the Pacific inevitable or were there diplomatic off ramps? Why did Japan attack America on December 7, 1941? Did America really know in advance that an attack was coming?
My guest Dale Jenkins helps answer these questions in his book, Diplomats and Admirals. We speak at length about these topics in our interview. I thought our deep dive into the Battle of Midway was especially fun.
Additional topics include:
- Diplomatic breakdowns that led to war between the U.S. and Japan
- How the Japanese were able to carry out the Pearl Harbor attack with “total surprise”
- U.S. intelligence that broke Japanese codes and learned about the Japanese plans at Midway
- How the U.S. won the Battle of Midway and nearly lost it all
- U.S. heroism at the Battle of Midway
- Lessons on leadership to include Admiral Nimitz’s battle plan
- The principles of carrier tactics and how carrier battles were fought and won
Dale Jenkins spent five years reading and researching. This book is a culmination of his efforts. I am glad to release this interview as we mark the anniversary of Pearl Harbor and remember the day that will live in infamy on December 7, 1941.
About the Author:
Dale Jenkins is passionate about the Navy and international affairs. As a former US Navy officer, Dale served on a destroyer in the Pacific, and for a time was home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan. His Pacific Fleet commitments took him to the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. While on active duty he was awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal. His business career was primarily in international banking. He was also a staff director at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Dale currently serves on the Samuel Eliot Morison Committee of the Naval Order of the United States, New York, and as a Regional Director of the Naval War College Foundation. As a result of his active duty experience and new revelations, Dale provides insights into the diplomacy and strategies of the Pacific region. He has degrees in history and business from Harvard and Columbia.
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