This magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning history, told primarily from the Japanese viewpoint, traces the dramatic fortunes of the Empire of the Sun from the invasion of Manchuria to the dropping of the atomic bombs, demolishing many myths surrounding this catastrophic conflict.Why did the dawn attack on Pearl Harbor occur? Was was inevitable? Was the Emperor a puppet or a warmonger? And, finally, what inspired the barbaric actions of those who fought, and who speak here of the unspeakable – murder, cannibalism and desertion? ‘Unbelievably rich …Readable and exciting’ Newsweek’The most readable, yet informative account of the Pacific War’ Chicago Sunday Times
Many books on the war in the Pacific are written from an Allied perspective, so John Toland’s book is interesting because it gives more insight into the Japanese perspective. Strongly recommend for the sheer quality of both the research and the writing.
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