Operation Snow - John Koster
Released September 2012
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Deep down, Operation Snow is a look at the events leading up to, during, and after the attack on Pearl Harbor. What it comes down to is the author's look at a conspiracy theory that delves into the possibility that Harry Dexter White, a chief monetary expert who apparently was also working as a mole for the Soviets, helped the Soviet Union get Japan to attack the U.S. rather than Russia.
The theory was based partly in an RAF airman's claims that "the war was not exactly as depicted in textbooks" and the experiences of the author's Japanese wife who grew up in the devastation that followed Hiroshima. The author also read many journals and biographies of the key players in this conspiracy. Including Vitalii Pavlov's, second in command of Soviet espionage operations for the NKVD (pre-KGB), book about Operation Snow.
John Koster's Operation Snow does bring up an interesting point, and one that the evidence does seem to corroborate. Whether it is the real truth, I can't say, but then it's definitely food for thought.
I'm not a history buff. A high school teacher ruined that for me. Given that, I hardly paid attention to the history books, because anyone who dared disagree with the teacher's opinion received less than stellar grades. It's not how it should be, but that's just how that teacher was. I'd love to see his reaction to Operation Snow!