Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan

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Diane Publishing Company, May 1, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 800 pages
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The first complete, unvarnished biography of the Japanese Emperor Hirohito, the enigmatic leader whose reign ushered Japan into the modern world. Sheds new light on the causes of the China War in 1937 & the Asia-Pacific War in 1941. Documents the decisive role that Hirohito played in wartime operations, from the takeover of Manchuria through the attack on Pearl Harbor & the fateful decision in to accede to an unconditional surrender. We see how Amer. & Japanese leaders moved to justify the retention of Hirohito as emperor by whitewashing his wartime role & reshaping the consciousness of the Japanese people. The key was Hirohito's alliance with Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Photos.

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Thoroughly researched and in depth. - Goodreads
Long and detailed, but not difficult to read. - Goodreads
Herbert P. Bix did a great job in writing this novel. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Persephone Tanaka - Goodreads

Could have been better but since they are protecting his diaries and personal letters there can be no real insight into this man. Read full review

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User Review  - Saif Ali - Goodreads

Thoroughly researched and in depth. Along with some primary sources, this proved to be (along with several chapters of Dower's book, "Embracing Defeat") absolutely invaluable to the research I ... Read full review

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