Scapegoats, a False Hero and the Myth of Surprise Attack
Author: James Johns
Following Pearl Harbor, Admiral Husband Kimmel, commander of the Pacific Fleet, and General Walter Short, commander of the U.S. Army’s Hawaiian Department, were accused of dereliction of duty and relieved of their commands. Hours after the attack, General Douglas MacArthur, in command of the Philippines, suffered a similar defeat and was awarded the Medal of Honor. This book re-examines the circumstances surrounding Pearl Harbor to answer the questions: were Kimmel and Short incompetent officers or convenient scapegoats; and was the attack really the surprise the Roosevelt administration led Americans to believe?
Finalist in the ForeWord Magazine 2001 Book of the Year Competition. Lucio is a poor a pearl fisherman who lives in La Paz, Mexico, on the Baja. He knew the stories of his proud grandfather, Kino, who had once found "The Pearl of the World" and then in a desperate attempt to keep it, lost everything - his house, his boat and his child. Decades after Kino ́s terrible ordeal, little has changed in the Mexican town, and less for young Lucio. Life has been difficult for the poor fisherman until Luck and "the gods" reward Lucio with a great pearl of his own. And then his life becomes unbearable. Lucio ́s great pearl unleashes the evil that has been lying always just beneath the surface in La Paz, and when evil does show itself, Lucio must confront the danger and risk losing everyone and everything he loves. Inspired by John Steinbeck ́s The Pearl, Scalia ́s Pearl is a new chapter to an old story that stands on its own merit. Pearl is a story of luck and love and sacrifice that will touch every reader ́s heart. Sample Reviews And Reader Reactions “Steinbeck, move over! I know my high school readers (including reluctant readers) will be captivated! Great selection for a ́class read ́ - lots to dissect and discuss. A gem. Scalia’s Pearl... seriously... it tops Steinbeck." - Carol Byrne, High School Librarian, Deer Park, NY “We met a few weeks ago at Tamarac Elementary School where I bought a copy of PEARL. I just finished reading PEARL and I have to say you did a great job. You really captured the same feel of Steinbeck ́s original. By the way, my wife, who is not a big reader, read the book and loved it! I found her in the kitchen reading it and she had already knocked off 5 chapters in one seating.” – Joe C, parent, Holbrook, NY "Outstanding! This dark and brooding novel explores the heights men will go to when greed and cruelty consume them. Memorable, well-defined characters add to the suspense and forward momentum of the plot. Written with the style and voice of the earlier work, this extraordinary novel is a perfect complement to Steinbeck ́s short story and is a MUST for every high school English curriculum. A masterful achievement!" - Diane Kolb, Writer and Fan, Melrose Park, PA “It takes us past Steinbeck ́s story of Kino and brings us the unfolding tale of his grandson, Lucio. The author has managed to use his own brilliant, true voice to bring us a mystery/ adventure that is so wonderfully written and so gripping that it ́s impossible to put down! A must read; a classic in it ́s infancy! This is one that ́s great for all tastes and ages, and one you ́ll definitely want to own so that you can read it again and again!” - Marcia Brice, Teacher, East Meadow Schools, NY "More than Steinbeck revisited! Although reminiscent of Steinbeck ́s The Pearl in style and tone, Scalia ́s Pearl is more. While it is a homage to Steinbeck, it is not a sequel, but a novel that stands on its own merits, with a story that will keep you turning the pages!" - A reader, Long Island, NY “My son enjoyed the book. He totally enjoyed it! That’s good because he doesn’t like to read. Thank you and keep writing.” – Susan Stanley, parent, Oceanside, NY “I recently shared your book Pearl with my 5th Grade classes. They loved the story! Several asked to borrow my copy – which I shared with them.” – Linda Domanico, Library Media Center, Albany Avenue Elementary School, Lindenhurst, NY “I just finished Pearl. It was great!” – Erika, student, Sayville HS, Sayville, NY “Pearl is an interesting story that I couldn’t bear to put down the first time I read it.” – Louden P, student, Smithtown, NY “The book Pearl most enjoyable. Thanks for writing so we can read. Thanks for coming to our
A child is born in the West Indies. She is sweet, inquisitive, bright, sensitive and caring all qualities that she will maintain for many, many years to come. The sister islands of Trinidad and Tobago are among her earliest homes. She lives and learns in the most beautiful and popular areas of all the Caribbean, where rich legacies and history precede her: Once ruled by both Spain and Britain, today Trinidad and Tobago are governed by their own proud people, whove kept the traditions and culture of their ancestors since long before the islands found independence in 1962. Located just off the coast of South America, these small territories have developed an identity throughout the years that is completely their own. Dr. Eric Williams, the legendary Caribbean scholar, became the first prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, which is one of the most diversely populated ethnic regions in the world. People of African, Native West Indian, Asian, and European descent live, love and mingle together on these lovely islands in the sunshine. English is mainly spoken among residents, but one will often hear traces of Creole, African and other language dialects in the colorful words and rhythmic accents of those who reside there. And when it comes to rhythm its hard to mention the islands without mentioning the lively calypso sounds that have entertained countless music lovers throughout the western world. Hearing them, the child one day becomes a woman who is told she naturally walks to a calypso beat. As far back as 1498, explorer Christopher Columbus named Trinidad in honor of the Holy Trinity, and it remains a place where worshipers, many of whom are Catholic, give praise and thanks to the Creator. With more than one million people on both islands, the majority of inhabitants live in Trinidad, while about four percent of the population calls Tobago home. Trinidads major event is the Carnival, a week-long festival of live music, costumes and parades through the street. The event attracts people from throughout the world. In fact, both islands are visited by travelers from around the globe, who enjoy pleasant weather, beaches more beautiful than postcards, tropical trees and delicious home-grown fruits. With generations of people tracing roots to the area, Trinidad and Tobago have become not only a visitors destination, but a cradle to which great scholars, entertainers and athletes in America and elsewhere often return. This cradle in the Caribbean has given birth to the Gittens family. It has provided the earliest sights, sounds and sensibilities that influenced that special little child born into the family, a daughter who will become known as Black Pearl.
Don has written something more than a masterpiece he has written straight from the heart, about one of the most unique events in the realm of near-death out of body experience. Having conducted extensive research of his phenomena for over three years and coming to the following conclusion: He now knows he is the ONLY ONE CALLED BY GOD OUR CREATOR to encounter the actual Dome of Creation and able to return to the world with true eye witness testimony, describing it's marvelous, magnificent beauty and overwhelming joyful experience in an infinitesimal time table designed by GOD HIMSELF. He also returned with an apostolic mission, special graces including outward signs or miracles, to bring hope and salvation to the entire world, of course, this conclusion is at the discretion of each reader.