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Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan

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With startling revelations, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa rewrites the standard history of the end of World War II in the Pacific. By fully integrating the three key actors in the story--the United States, the Soviet Union, and Japan--Hasegawa for the first time puts the last months of the war into international perspective.

From April 1945, when Stalin broke the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact and Harry Truman assumed the presidency, to the final Soviet military actions against Japan, Hasegawa brings to light the real reasons Japan surrendered. From Washington to Moscow to Tokyo and back again, he shows us a high-stakes diplomatic game as Truman and Stalin sought to outmaneuver each other in forcing Japan's surrender; as Stalin dangled mediation offers to Japan while secretly preparing to fight in the Pacific; as Tokyo peace advocates desperately tried to stave off a war party determined to mount a last-ditch defense; and as the Americans struggled to balance their competing interests of ending the war with Japan and preventing the Soviets from expanding into the Pacific.

Authoritative and engrossing, Racing the Enemy puts the final days of World War II into a whole new light.

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Hasegawa rewrites the standard history of the end of World War II in the Pacific by fully integrating the three key actors in the story--the United States, the Soviet Union, and Japan. From April 1945, when Stalin broke the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact and Harry Truman assumed the presidency, to the final Soviet military actions against Japan, he brings to light the real reasons Japan surrendered.

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2005 Association of American Publishers PSP Award for Excellence, History and American Studies Category

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2006 Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

About the Author

Tsuyoshi Hasegawa is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Cold War Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674022416
Author:
Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Large Print:
Y
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
44 halftones, 5 maps - as two 16-page in
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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History and Social Science » Geography » General
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
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"Synopsis" by , Hasegawa rewrites the standard history of the end of World War II in the Pacific by fully integrating the three key actors in the story--the United States, the Soviet Union, and Japan. From April 1945, when Stalin broke the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact and Harry Truman assumed the presidency, to the final Soviet military actions against Japan, he brings to light the real reasons Japan surrendered.
"Synopsis" by , 2005 Association of American Publishers PSP Award for Excellence, History and American Studies Category
"Synopsis" by , 2006 Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
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