Brit Propagandist and the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
by Chris Rossini: The
Pearl Harbor 'Surprise'
It has been brought to the attention of EPJ that a very interesting
book was published in 1938 (<-- notice the date) in London (<--
notice the place).
The book is titled Propaganda
in the Next War and was written by Sidney Rogerson. Amazon.com
has 1 used copy for sale...but
it'll cost you 335 US fiats.
So who is Sidney Rogerson?
Well the dust jacket of the book states that he:
been engaged in commercial propaganda for twenty years and is a
leading authority on the subject."
A Google Search
up the following:
With that kind
of publicity experience, it appears that Rogerson was the Don King
of British military propaganda.
- Born 22nd
of October 1894.
- Son of the
Reverend S. Rogerson.
- B.A. in
Modern History 1916;
- Served in
the European War;
in the West Yorkshire Regiment 1916-1919.
was Publicity Manager for the F.B.I (Federation of British Industry);
- Joined I.C.I
(Imperial Chemical Industries) in 1930;
Controller I.C.I Ltd., 1932-1952.
and Public Relations Advisor to the Army Council, War Office,
Hon. Col. 44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division.
Regiment T.A., 1955.
What's interesting, is what Rogerson wrote on Page 148 of Propaganda
in the Next War that, again, was published in London...3
years before Pearl Harbor.
Sidney Rogerson wrote:
we are not unfavourably placed, we shall require to do much propaganda
to keep the United States benevolently neutral. To persuade her
to take our part will be much more difficult, so difficult as to
be unlikely to succeed. It will need a definite threat to America,
a threat moreover, which will have to be brought home by propaganda
to every citizen, before the republic will again take arms in an
external quarrel. The position will naturally be considerably eased
if Japan were involved and this might and probably would bring America
in without further ado. At any rate, it would be a natural and obvious
object of our propagandist to achieve this, just as during the Great
War they succeeded in embroiling the United States with Germany."
EPJ has been told that there used to be a copy of this book in The
Library of Congress, but it disappeared before WWII began:
In any case, Pearl Harbor propaganda, like a dusty old book, has a
long shelf life.
We are now at the 71st Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, and
Americans still have the wool firmly placed over their eyes.
to Robert W. Reading for his contributions)
with permission from Economic
Economic Policy Journal