War Without Mercy: Race & Power in the Pacific War

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Pantheon, 1986 - History - 399 pages
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

An American Book Award Finalist

Now in paperback, War Without Mercy has been hailed by The New York Times as "one of the most original and important books to be written about the war between Japan and the United States." In this monumental history, Professor John Dower reveals a hidden, explosive dimension of the Pacific War-race-while writing what John Toland has called "a landmark book . . . a powerful, moving, and evenhanded history that is sorely needed in both America and Japan."

Drawing on American and Japanese songs, slogans, cartoons, propaganda films, secret reports, and a wealth of other documents of the time, Dower opens up a whole new way of looking at that bitter struggle of four and a half decades ago and its ramifications in our lives today. As Edwin O. Reischauer, former ambassador to Japan, has pointed out, this book offers "a lesson that the postwar generations need most . . . with eloquence, crushing detail, and power."

 

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War Without Mercy offers a fresh and challenging insight into the Pacific phase of World War II by examining the racist stereotypes that dominated the way Americans and Japanese thought about each ... Read full review

Contents

Patterns of a Race War
3
Know Your Enemy
15
War Hates and War Crimes
33
Apes and Others
77
Lesser Men and Supermen
94
Primitives Children Madmen
118
Yellow Red and Black Men
147
Illustrations
181
The Demonic Other
234
Global Policy with the Yamato Race as Nucleus
263
From War to Peace
293
19
319
Bibliography
367
Picture Credits
385
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John W. Dower, born in 1938, is the Henry Luce Professor of International Cooperation and Global Stability at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Empire and Aftermath: Yoshida Shigeru and the Japanese Experience, 1878 1954 and The Elements of Japanese Design, and is the editor of The Origins of the Japanese State: Selected Writings of E. H. Norman and coeditor of The Hiroshima Murals: The Art of Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki.

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