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The Japanese Attack at Pearl Harbor
Donald Borsand

EVENT DESCRIPTION: President Roosevelt called Dec 7th, 1941 "a date that will live in infamy." The 90-minute attack by Japanese naval air craft, launched from carriers many miles away from Pearl Harbor was an amazing feat considering the fact that it took place in 1941 at the infancy of carrier based warfare. The attack killed and wounded many American servicemen and crippled temporarily the American fleet in the Pacific. However, it also awakened  “a sleeping giant” and caused America to enter WWII in both the Pacific and European theaters of war. For many years after the attack, there was persistent controversy, blame and conspiracy theories in the U.S. as to who was responsible for the attack. Questions remain as to why the U.S was caught unprepared at Pearl Harbor despite the fact that the U.S was warned on many occasions that Japan was up to something big in the Pacific. The biggest conspiracy theory is that President Roosevelt knew in advance of the attack, but let it happen, in order to force America into WWII without having to fire the first shot. Dr. Borsand will cover the Japanese history that led up to the attack, as well as the actual damage done. He will also discuss the post-occurrence studies, including the 10 official governmental studies as to who was actually to blame for America’s lack of preparedness at Pearl Harbor and, specifically whether or not Roosevelt was to blame.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Donald Borsand holds degrees in chemistry and history. He was also a practicing optometrist for many years as well as CEO of a large eye care delivery system and finally a business eye care consultant in Michigan until his retirement in 2005. Dr. Borsand has studied military history for many years and has been lecturing about military history for about 12 years. He has lectured on many topics related to World War II including Pearl Harbor, The Battle of Britain, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

WPL264
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $20 per event
$50 for any combination of three events
$100 for any combination of seven events
Door price member/non-member - $25

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