Warlord: Tojo Against the World

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
Vilified in the West as the Japanese equivalent of Hitler, Hideki Tojo (1884-1948) was in fact cut from very different cloth. Lacking the skills and charisma of a statesman, fueled by no apocalyptic visions, Tojo was an unimaginative soldier whose primary goals were to establish Japan's military strength and serve his emperor. Yet his determination and ambition caused him to participate in the seizure of power when the military took over the government. WWII scholar Hoyt, a resident of Japan, relies on new sources and remarkable insight to show how Tojo and the leaders of Japan's armed forces gained control of the country, but how ambition ultimately proved to be Tojo's undoing.
 

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An eye-opening political bio of Hideki Tojo, Japan's premier for much of WW II. As the indefatigable Hoyt (The Last Kamikaze, p. 117, etc.) makes clear, Tojo was not a charismatic leader in the mold ... Read full review

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In this first English-language biography of Tojo in almost 30 years, Hoyt, best-selling popularizer of history, now writes a succinct biography of Japan's war and prime minister who is generally held ... Read full review

Contents

December 22 1948
1
Soldier to Politician
5
PoliticianSoldier
21
War Minister
33
The ABCD of Paranoia
43
The Decline and Fall of Prince Konoye
55
The Rise of Tojo
65
Easy Victories
79
The Thrust for Power
171
Tojos Last Chance
183
The Fall of Saipan and Tojo
189
End of the Line
195
The War Nears Its End
203
Ordeal
211
The Last Battle
217
Epilogue
223

The Limits of Power
89
The Imperial Way
97
The Dream United Asia
111
Tojo Deals Out One Enemy
123
12 The Changing Dream
131
The Collapse of High Hopes
141
The War Turns Around
151
The Enemy will Grow Hasty
161
Imperial Rescript of December 8 1941
225
Imperial Rescript of August 14 1945
227
Tojo Statement of September 10 1945
229
Notes and Acknowledgments
231
Bibliography
241
Index
243
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Edwin P. Hoyt, author of Japan's War, The GI's War, and Hitler's War (all of which are published by Cooper Square Press), and Inferno: The Firebombing of Japan, March 9-August 15, 1945 (published by Madison Books), lives in Tokyo, Japan.

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