The Desperate Diplomat : Saburo Kurusu's Memoir of the Weeks Before Pearl Harbor.
On December 7, 1941, the course of U.S. history was changed forever with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Three weeks prior, Japanese Special Envoy to the United States Saburo Kurusu had visited Washington in an attempt to further peace talks between Japan and America and spare his country the loss he k...
University of Missouri Press,
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Table of Contents:
- The inside story of the Japanese-American negotiation: Our diplomatic history / Saburo Kurusu
- Kurusu's preface
- From Part I: Sketching on the sand
- Part II: The Japanese-American negotiation
- The interrupted, misread, misinterpreted messages
- The midnight messenger
- My meeting with Premier Tōjō
- Passing through the places of my two years of service
- My forty-eight hours at midway
- Washington at the time of my arrival
- My first meeting with the president
- My first negotiation with hull
- The deteriorating one week
- My conference with Hull at his home
- Hull's fatal note
- Negotiation falls into a tight spot
- Our second meeting with the president
- Premier Tōjō's speech to expel America and Great Britain
- Plan for the exchange of messages between heads of state
- The "If" lurking behind history
- The kindness of Baruch
- The final ultimatum
- Life during internment
- Several speculations
- Contemplation and observation
- Exchange ship
- Arrival home.