But I think many history books written before the Wall's fall apply the Cold War lens too freely and too often. And seen from that perspective it's a different beast altogether. The creation of Manchukuo obviously heightened tensions between China and Japan. And they also pour on the racially dismissive idea that the Japanese are simply inscrutable. They found to their amazement that the Zeros were faster and more maneuverable, climbing at an astounding rate.
The book on the whole is an amazing accomplishment and well deserving of the Pulitzer it won. Japan had an exploding population and no natural resources. Japan had intensively prepared for the Pearl Harbor attack. We know which one they chose. In between it is a story of hubris in which a strong and vibrant people allow faulty leaders to guide them from a dominant role in the far East in which they held Manchuria, Korea and other territories like the Caroline, the Marshall, the Palau or the Mariana Islands to life in a militarily emasculated occupied territory, with about three million less people than would otherwise have been the case, and near-universal hatred in many neighboring countries, notably China. As the explosions moved closer she helped transfer those wounded in the earlier shelling to a dugout. Western sources tend to view the Japanese as a monolithi This is a very impressive book.
Manchuria provided a number of benefits to Japan. In April 1945, he was appointed. The case he presents would suggest that the truth, unsurprisingly, is somewhere in between. I did not realize how divided the Japanese were about going to war, nor did I fully understand the Japanese political undercurrents of the day. By this time it would have been obvious that Moscow would stand, and the Japanese would have been eager to make almost any concessions to avoid going into a desperate war with an ally which now faced inevitable defeat. I was never aware of the undercurrent of hostility of the native populations for the white colonial governments and military.
Slaughter on both sides, mind you. Wow, Japan had logical reasons for attacking us. It is June 14, Shizuko thought calmly. Ogg has since come forth to publicly tell his story. They occupied Manchuria easily because China was too weak to defend it. The suffering of the civilians are balanced by the what exactly President Truman was trying to accomplish and the information he had in front of him predicting an unbelievably bloody invasion of the home islands. Even Matsuoka was no villain.
I wished he had spent more time talking about the Japanese preparations to defend the homeland. This book was mostly about American-Japanese relations and was heavy on battle details and political details. And I'm sorry, but that's not something that can just be dismissed. Her major enemy was Hitler. Yet, Japan had no right to expand. He is best known for his biography of Adolf Hitler.
According to Toland, he was very much involved from the beginning, and had far more than symbolic influence over his cabinet, ministers, and military. The inspiration to read this book came from reading Eri Hotta's Japan 1941. I took far too many notes on this book trying to remember the events and people that dot these pages. America could not throw the weight of her strength against Japan to liberate China, nor had she ever intended to do so. I personally was more interested in the latter. What is difficult is the slaughter.
Inevetibly, this flows into the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbour and the consequent campaign. During the Battle of Saipan, for instance, Toland follows the travails of a young Japanese nurse and shows you the war through her eyes, in all its terrible, limited scope: In Garapan a young volunteer nurse by the name of Shizuko Miura — a tomboy with a round merry face — flinched as the first shells landed. No notice is given e. As in politics, the main impression of Japan is one of complete inconsistency. You learn the Pacific Islands. From August 1933-August 1934, Anami served as regimental commander of the of the.
It is immense - running nearly a thousand pages with ampl I love John Toland. I see that about 80% of the customer reviews are positive four or five stars. They tried again at Midway, Tarawa to be held for one thousand years , Saipan and on and on. American Investment Bank Kuhn, Loeb and Co. You don't need me to tell you this. It's a fascinating contradiction that so many of the political leaders in the build up to war were dead set against it. Many outside the military saw the war in the pacific as a war where Japan would liberate Asia from Western colonialism.