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First Wednesday - Operation Storm | June 7th, 7pm

Did you know that the California coast was swarming with Japanese submarines in the weeks immediately following the Pearl Harbor attack? Writer John Geoghegan discusses his book Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II .

Between December 10, 1941 and October 1942, Japanese submarines not only sunk nearly a dozen merchant ships between Vancouver and San Diego, they shelled the California coast on more than one occasion--episodes little remembered today. 

The presentation will be based on interviews John Geoghegan undertook for his non-fiction book Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II (Crown 2014), which were conducted with the same Japanese officers who participated in the sub attacks. As you might expect, they provide an unusual viewpoint not often represented in western history today. 

Mr. Geoghegan, who is Executive Director of The SILOE Research Group's Archival Division, has been an invited speaker at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC, and appeared on National Public Radio and C-Span's Book Talk. Additionally, he helped shepherd into production the PBS documentary, Japanese SuperSub, based on his book.

The New York Times called Japanese SuperSub "consistently...fascinating history."

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