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Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

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Awards

Winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Non-Fiction

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In 1946, at age twenty-two, Beate Sirota Gordon helped to draft the new postwar Japanese Constitution. The Only Woman in the Room chronicles how a daughter of Russian Jews became the youngest woman to aid in the rushed, secret drafting of a constitution; how she almost single-handedly ensured that it would establish the rights of Japanese women; and how, as a fluent speaker of Japanese and the only woman in the room, she assisted the American negotiators as they worked to persuade the Japanese to accept the new charter.

Sirota was born in Vienna, but in 1929 her family moved to Japan so that her father, a noted pianist, could teach, and she grew up speaking German, English, and Japanese. Russian, French, Italian, Latin, and Hebrew followed, and at fifteen Sirota was sent to complete her education at Mills College in California. The formal declaration of World War II cut Gordon off from her parents, and she supported herself by working for a CBS listening post in San Francisco that would eventually become part of the FCC. Translating was one of Sirotaand#8217;s many talents, and when the war ended, she was sent to Japan as a language expert to help the American occupation forces. When General MacArthur suddenly created a team that included Sirota to draft the new Japanese Constitution, he gave them just eight days to accomplish the task. Colonel Roest said to Beate Sirota, and#147;Youand#8217;re a woman, why donand#8217;t you write the womenand#8217;s rights section?and#8221;; and she seized the opportunity to write into law guarantees of equality unparalleled in the US Constitution to this day.

But this was only one episode in an extraordinary life, and when Gordon died in December 2012, words of grief and praise poured from artists, humanitarians, and thinkers the world over. Illustrated with forty-seven photographs, The Only Woman in the Room captures two cultures at a critical moment in history and recounts, after a fifty-year silence, a life lived with purpose and courage. This edition contains a new afterword by Nicole A. Gordon and an elegy by Geoffrey Paul Gordon.

Review:

"Masterly....A penetrating analysis of Japan in the aftermath of defeat....A profound and moving book, the best history ever written of Japan and its relations to the United States after the Second World War." Akira Iriye, Harvard University, Boston Sunday Globe

Synopsis:

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, is John W. Dower's brilliant examination of Japan in the immediate, shattering aftermath of World War II.

Synopsis:

Drawing on a vast range of Japanese sources and illustrated with dozens of astonishing documentary photographs, 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, 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 .

Synopsis:

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]

Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter 1. Homecoming

Chapter 2. Vienna, My Birthplace

Chapter 3. The House in Nogizaka

Chapter 4. In Wartime America

Chapter 5. The Equal Rights Clause

Chapter 6. Career and Family

Chapter 7. East and West

Afterword

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auralaura, November 13, 2014 (view all comments by auralaura)
Dower's Pulitzer-winning tome is an excellent piece of scholarship with many gems of primary and secondary sourcework scattered throughout. It is inarguably the best work I've read (to date) on the climate of Tokyo follow Japan's defeat. However its brilliance and dedication to its subject are somewhat tarnished with inconsistent editing. There are digressions that go into minute detail at the expense of a main idea, and other sections feel rushed and rather superficial. These flaws are minor ones, however; Dower's attention to detail makes this work worth the inconsistencies. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone seeking more in-depth knowledge of post-war Japan.
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auralaura, November 13, 2014 (view all comments by auralaura)
Dower's Pulitzer-winning tome is an excellent piece of scholarship with many gems of primary and secondary sourcework scattered throughout. It is inarguably the best work I've read (to date) on the climate of Tokyo follow Japan's defeat. However its brilliance and dedication to its subject are somewhat tarnished with inconsistent editing. There are digressions that go into minute detail at the expense of a main idea, and other sections feel rushed and rather superficial. These flaws are minor ones, however; Dower's attention to detail makes this work worth the inconsistencies. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone seeking more in-depth knowledge of post-war Japan.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393320275
Author:
Dower, John W.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Dower, John W.
Author:
Gordon, Nicole A.
Author:
Gordon, Beate Sirota
Author:
Gordon, Geoffrey Paul
Location:
New York
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
History
Subject:
Japan History 1945-
Subject:
World History-Japan
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
vol. 26
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
47 halftones
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in

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Product details 688 pages W W NORTON & CO - English 9780393320275 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Masterly....A penetrating analysis of Japan in the aftermath of defeat....A profound and moving book, the best history ever written of Japan and its relations to the United States after the Second World War."
"Synopsis" by , 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, is John W. Dower's brilliant examination of Japan in the immediate, shattering aftermath of World War II.
"Synopsis" by , Drawing on a vast range of Japanese sources and illustrated with dozens of astonishing documentary photographs, 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, 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 .
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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