John Dower - Embracing Defeat (2nd Hand Paperback)
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.
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.
Regarded as the benchmark in its field, Embracing Defeat is a work of colossal scholarship and history of the very first order.
- Format : Very Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Fiction - The Rest of The World
- Published : 1999 (This Edition 2000 - Penguin Books)
- ISBN : 9780140285512
- SKU : B002432
- PPC : SP700gm
- RRP : £16.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"Very detailed but interesting history of Japan under U.S. occupation from 1945 to 1952. The author covers how the occupation reformed Japanese society and changed their political and socio-economic systems.
It also relates how the ordinary Japanese person survived the early post-war period and dealt with economic problems such as high unemployment, high inflation, food shortages, and black-marketeering. Additional problems were an increase in crime and disease. Psychologically the world-view of many Japanese was shattered and many lost faith in institutions such as the armed forces and government. The occupation also saw women emancipated but there was also an increase in prostitution mainly for economic reasons.
If you are at all interested in Japanese history buy this book. You won't be disappointed. This is a long book but highly readable and will hold your interest." - Ebay Review.
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.