Americans have long debated the cause of the Dec. 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Many have argued that the attack was a brilliant Japanese military coup, or a failure of U.S. intelligence agencies, or even a conspiracy of the Roosevelt administration.

But despite the attention historians have paid to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the truth about that fateful day has remained a mystery — until now, according to author John Koster.

In “Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR’s White House Triggered Pearl Harbor” (Regnery Publishing), Koster uses recently declassified evidence and never-before-translated documents to tell what he calls the real story of the day that FDR memorably declared would live in infamy forever.

According to the publisher, “Operation Snow” shows how Joseph Stalin and the KGB used a vast network of double-agents and communist sympathizers to lead Japan into war against the U.S., demonstrating incontestable Soviet involvement behind the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

“A thrilling tale of espionage, mystery and war, ‘Operation Snow’ will forever change the way we think about Pearl Harbor and World War II,” the publisher said.

The author said that his book reveals:

– The previously neglected (and untranslated) sources that expose the Soviet conspiracy;

– How Harry Dexter White got away with one of the most devastating acts of treason in American history;

– How Japan and the U.S. were manipulated by Russian agents and propaganda;

– Why, if Operation Snow had failed, the Soviet Union might have collapsed under the combined might of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan;

– Stalin’s unwitting stooge — how FDR’s secretary of the treasury was manipulated to promote policies that provoked war with Japan;

– It didn’t end with Pearl Harbor: how White continued to act as a Soviet agent into the postwar era, until exposure prompted a disguised suicide.

Koster writes frequently on American history. He is the author of “The Road to Wounded Knee,” which won the Sigma Delta Chi award for distinguished public service, and “Custer Survivor,” and has written for many historical publications, including Military History, American Heritage, and American History. Koster, a U.S. Army veteran, is fluent in half a dozen languages, and lives in New Jersey with his wife, Shizuko Obo, an award-winning children’s author.

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