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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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Upon my first reading it struck me that Hirohito can be compared to the second Bush...both felt they had to do something their fathers failed to do...Also, they both used religious belief as a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brasidas - LibraryThing

Herbert P. Bix's biography of Hirohito excedes that of Edward Behr (HIROHITO: BEHIND THE MYTH, New York, 1989) in depth and nuance. Bix has spent an enormous amount of time among original Japanese ... Read full review

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