War without Mercy
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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
AN AMERICAN BOOK AWARD FINALIST
Now in paperback, War Without Mercy has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most original and important books to be written about the war between Japan and the United States.” In this monumental history, Professor John Dower reveals a hidden, explosive dimension of the Pacific War—race—while writing what John Toland has called “a landmark book . . . a powerful, moving, and evenhanded history that is sorely needed in both America and Japan.”
Drawing on American and Japanese songs, slogans, cartoons, propaganda films, secret reports, and a wealth of other documents of the time, Dower opens up a whole new way of looking at that bitter struggle of four and a half decades ago and its ramifications in our lives today. As Edwin O. Reischauer, former ambassador to Japan, has pointed out, this book offers “a lesson that the postwar generations need most . . . with eloquence, crushing detail, and power.”
Book Without Equal
The Pacific War was a racial struggle so intense that it is mind boggling to realize that Japan is arguably our closest friend today. How do you teach loving boys to fly bombs into ships? How do you teach innocent boys to drop fire from the skies onto children and the elderly? Why would one nation be willing to commit national suicide? Why would another propel the world into a culture of mutually assured destruction? Why would soldiers on one side decapitate prisoners, and on the other collect ears and gold teeth from the dead? To read War Without Mercy is to understand the deepest, ugliest and darkest parts of our souls. This book will fundamentally change the way you view the Pacific War.