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Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War IIby John Dower
Winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Non-Fiction
Synopses & Reviews
Drawing on a vast range of Japanese sources and illustrated with dozens of astonishing documentary photographs, Embracing Defeat is the fullest and most important history of the more than six years of American occupation, which affected every level of Japanese society, often in ways neither side could anticipate. Dower, whom Stephen E. Ambrose has called "America's foremost historian of the Second World War in the Pacific," gives us the rich and turbulent interplay between West and East, the victor and the vanquished, in a way never before attempted, from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of men and women in every walk of life. Already regarded as the benchmark in its field, Embracing Defeat is a work of colossal scholarship and history of the very first order. John W. Dower is the Elting E. Morison Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for War Without Mercy.
"Richly detailed and provocative....For anyone who knows modern Japan, it is an endlessly fascinating explanation of why things work as they do....A marvelous piece of reporting and analysis." T.R. Reid, Washington Post
"With Embracing Defeat, [Dover] confirms his place as this county's leading chronicler of the Pacific war." Janice P. Nimura, Chicago Tribune
Book News Annotation:
Following his National Book Critics Award winning War Without Mercy on the Pacific theater, Dower (history, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) examines the immediate aftermath of World War II. He draws on a wide range of Japanese sources to illuminate how the shattering defeat and six years of US military occupation affected every level of society in ways no one anticipated.
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the 1999 National Book Award for Nonfiction, finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, Embracing Defeat is John W. Dower's brilliant examination of Japan in the immediate, shattering aftermath of World War II.
The definitive history of the transformation of Japanese society under American occupation.
A foremost historian examines Japan in the immediate, shattering aftermath of World War II, giving readers the rich and turbulent interplay between West and East, the victor and the vanquished, in a way never before attempted. 75 illustrations.
About the Author
John W. Dover is the Elting E. Morison Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of the award-winning War Without Mercy, "the most important study of the Pacific War ever published." [The New Republic]
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