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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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User Review  - CharlesMcCain - LibraryThing

This Pulitzer Prize winning history explains in detail the intricacies of decision making in Japan and just as important, tells us how they saw themselves and the cultural prism through which they ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A lengthy exploration of the role of Emperor Hirohito in 20th-century Japanese politics that draws on an impressive array of fresh sources.Bix (Social Sciences/Hitosubashi Univ.) has written what is ... Read full review

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User Review  - jcvogan1 - LibraryThing

Thorough argument that Hirohito was responsible for the Pacific War. Skimps on post-occupation history. Occasionally feels like the author is stretching the evidence a bit too far. Read full review

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User Review  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

While Bix sometimes wears his revisionist soul on his sleeve, this book justly blows away the concept that Hirohito was little more than a figurehead to the Japanese militarist factions. A must read if you care about the history of modern Japan, even if I feel it's a little overrated. Read full review

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