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Over recent decades, John W. Dower, one of America's preeminent historians, has addressed the roots and consequences of war from multiple perspectives. In War Without Mercy, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, he described and analyzed the brutality that attended World War II in the Pacific, as seen from both the Japanese and the American sides. Embracing Defeat, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, dealt with Japan's struggle to start over in a shattered land in the immediate aftermath of the Pacific War, when the defeated country was occupied by the U.S.-led Allied powers.

Turning to an even larger canvas, Dower now examines the cultures of war revealed by four powerful events—Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, and the invasion of Iraq in the name of a war on terror. The list of issues examined and themes explored is wide-ranging: failures of intelligence and imagination, wars of choice and "strategic imbecilities," faith-based secular thinking as well as more overtly holy wars, the targeting of noncombatants, and the almost irresistible logic—and allure—of mass destruction. Dower's new work also sets the U.S. occupations of Japan and Iraq side by side in strikingly original ways.

One of the most important books of this decade, Cultures of War offers comparative insights into individual and institutional behavior and pathologies that transcend "cultures" in the more traditional sense and that ultimately go beyond war-making alone.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John W. Dower presents a groundbreaking comparative study of the dynamics and pathologies of war in modern times.

About the Author

John W. Dower is the author of a number of books, including Embracing Defeat, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and War Without Mercy.Kevin Foley has over thirty years' experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded over 150 audiobooks, and he won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400119585
Author:
Dower, John W.
Publisher:
Tantor Audio
Narrated by:
Foley, Kevin
Author:
Foley, Kevin
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military-US Military General
Subject:
General History
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.7 lb

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History and Social Science » Military » Iraq War (2003-)
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