The late Kemp Tolley, also the author of Cruise of the Lanikai and Yangtze Patrol enjoyed a long naval career before retiring from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Rear Admiral.
Unbelievable that this book has not acquired anything approaching the attention it deserves. Written by a Navy Admiral who rose all the way to the top, and who also skippered the boat, this strange Navy boat, on her sad and gallant 'cruise,' it makes the case, irrefutably as far as I can tell, that Roosevelt either devised or personally consented to a plan by advisers to provoke a Japanese attack that would in turn provide the popular support for a declaration of war against Japan. The author, who writes very well, was and remained in Intelligence for most of his career, and spent years trying to learn the reason why he and the Lanikai were sent on their odd mission. It wasn't until he reached flag rank that he at last gained access to the records he needed. Among other things, he learned that the Lanikai was the third small vessel to be sent on the same mission. The ostensible purpose was to sail from the Philippines to a position off the French Indochina coast, and monitor Japanese shipping. As a young intelligence officer, he already knew the Navy was running PBY's over the area for the same reason, and there was no way a surface vessel could provide anything the PBY's wouldn't see first.This was what turned out to be only a week or so before Pearl Harbor, which was attacked before they reached Indochina, and were recalled. The more salient documents of his research are included in the book. This book changes history, and nobody is looking. Get it.