The outline of Beekman's tale is familiar: the emerging concordance between Churchill and Roosevelt in opposition to the Axis; the protracted effort to keep the Soviet Union afloat; the developing Pacific strategy of Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku
, later pursued by Prime Minister Tojo Hideki; Roosevelt's vigorous response to Japanese expansionism; and finally Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
That's why 50 Military Leaders Who Changed the World is so important not just for military collections but for high school and college-level students of world history: it details both early and modern military leaders who made a strong impact on human history, from Genghis Khan to Yamamoto Isoroku
. Chapters focus on how and why they impacted history so greatly.
The main strategist of the Pearl Harbor attack, Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku
, a highly intelligent man who had studied at Harvard and knew the US very well, had been a vocal opponent of the war.