WCC Book Club

Our Tuesday, May 2nd book is Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan’s riveting book, A Matter of Honor Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, and a Family’s Quest for Justice. December 7, 1941, became a day of infamy for America when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, devastating the fleet, killing 2043 Americans, injuring thousands more, and precipitating America’s entry into World War II. In the first fact-finding commission that followed, Admiral Husband Kimmel, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, and Lt. General Walter Scott, Army’s Hawaiian Commander, were relieved of their commands, accused of negligence and “dereliction of duty”, and publicly disgraced. These men were forced into retirement and became Washington’s scapegoat for the catastrophe. Kimmel fought to clear his name until his death when his two sons took up the fight. Summers and Swan’s painstakingly researched account reveals the duplicity that took place, the failure to share critical information, and the roadblocks set up to keep damaging facts from being made public. The discussion will be led by Troy Silliman, Greer’s husband, who is very knowledgeable about the Pearl Harbor story, especially since he went to the last round of Pearl Harbor hearings with Greer’s father, Edward R. Kimmel who is Admiral Kimmel’s son.  NOTE: We will be meeting in the Library rather than the Ladies’ Locker Room since we have a male discussion leader. We hope you will join us at 4:00 pm in the Library on May 2nd as Troy Silliman leads the discussion of this meticulously researched book that makes the case that Kimmel and Short’s wartime ranks must be posthumously restored. This is an important book and discussion.

Our selection for June is American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post, Nancy Rubin’s fascinating biography of the daughter of cereal entrepreneur C. W. Post. This is a spellbinding portrait of a beautiful, intelligent, elegant and philanthropic woman who dazzled her society with her talents and wealth. This is a great read.