Secret Missions: The Story of an Intelligence Officer

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Naval Institute Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 433 pages
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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 attache 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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Contents

Assignment in Tokyo
3
The Stranger in Zushi
15
SatoSan Makes a Visit
23
Japan Faces North and South
28
The Strange Case of Colonel X
39
The MPlan
51
Japanese Character
62
Episode Figaro
71
Yamamoto in the Pilot Seat
213
The Shooting War Begins
223
Behind the Tragedy of Pearl Harbor
238
The Lessons of Pearl Harbor
253
The Test of Leadership
266
An Intermezzo at Sea
271
THE WAR OF WITS
283
Washington at War
285

TopSecret Interlude
82
Ambush by Radio
97
Japan Revisited
109
THE WAR BETWEEN THE WARS
115
Colonel Washizu Shows His Hand
117
Fleet Problem 14
128
Commander Yokoyama Goes to Newport
136
In the Pincer of Spies
147
The Battle of Espionage Begins
156
The Doctor Takes Over the Case
163
Double Agents and Diplomats
172
An Anthropologist Turns Strategist
188
Prelude to Pearl Harbor
196
Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence
294
OP16W
302
Detour to Sea
317
Prelude to Surrender
321
Operation Plan 145
332
Message from Tokyo
351
Decisive Broadcast
363
Behind the Potsdam Declaration
376
Victory
384
VISTAS OF THE FUTURE
390
FOURTEEN BROADCASTS TO JAPAN
399
INDEX
425
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Zacharias has lectured extensively on national security and campaigned for an independent program for psychological warfare.

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