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An instant bestseller when it was first published in 1946, this memoir recounts the author's nearly forty years of service in naval intelligence, beginning in 1908. One of the first to venture into the realm of psychological warfare, Ellis Zacharias was awarded the Legion of Merit with two gold stars for his contributions. Among the highlights of his impressive career was the role he played in convincing the Japanese to accept surrender in 1945, a subject he deals with in fascinating detail in this book.

Zacharias gives readers access to rare psychological profiles that he prepared for the Office of Naval Intelligence on leading political and military figures in Japan. His book also recounts his exploits as a young naval attaché with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo in the early 1920s. In the early months of the war readers join him in the thick of combat in the Pacific, first aboard a cruiser under his command and later in a battleship. Of particular interest are descriptions of his one-man radio broadcasts beamed at Japan between V-E and V-J days that received kudos from Adm. Ernest J. King for helping bring about the surrender.

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Ellis M. Zacharias was a Rear admiral and naval attaché to Japan who served in World War I and World War II. After World War II, he was appointed as the deputy director of US Naval Intelligence, and post-retirement he narrated the NBC television docudrama series Behind Closed Doors. He died in 1961.

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ac3q, June 26, 2007 (view all comments by ac3q)
I first read this book while going to Communications Technician School at Imperial Beach, California, in 1955. I found it to be very thought provoking in that I have done considerable research into the pre-Pearl Harbor days and find that there appears to have been an intentional act to gain entry into WWII. I served proudly in the U.S.Navy, although I didn't come out as a Rear Admiral, I did get my CT2 Petty Officer's rating as an intercept operator during the fifties. I would recommend this book highly to anyone interested in gaining an insight as to what existed prior to WWII in Japan and the forethought of Admiral Zacharias. I am trying to find a copy of this book. Respectfully, Harold C Dennin CT2R USN (1954-1958)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781591149996
Foreword:
Zacharias, Jerrold M.
Publisher:
US Naval Institute Press
Foreword by:
Zacharias, Jerrold M.
Foreword:
Zacharias, Jerrold M.
Author:
Zacharias, Ellis M.
Location:
Annapolis, Md.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Admirals
Subject:
Military attachâes.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns.
Subject:
United States - Officers
Subject:
Biography-Military
Subject:
50+
Series:
Bluejacket Books
Series Volume:
760
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1, 1 b/w photo
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 20.96 oz

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