Becoming the Enemy

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During the 1930s, the Japanese military established control over Japan's Parliamentary government. Political adversaries were persecuted and sometimes assassinated. Navy and army officers were quickly installed in important political offices, including that of Prime Minister. In 1933, Japan withdrew from the League of Nations. The Japanese forces occupied the east coast of China; however, the Chinese did not surrender and the war continued until 1945. In 1940, Japan occupied joined the Axis powers of Germany and ...
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Overview

During the 1930s, the Japanese military established control over Japan's Parliamentary government. Political adversaries were persecuted and sometimes assassinated. Navy and army officers were quickly installed in important political offices, including that of Prime Minister. In 1933, Japan withdrew from the League of Nations. The Japanese forces occupied the east coast of China; however, the Chinese did not surrender and the war continued until 1945. In 1940, Japan occupied joined the Axis powers of Germany and Italy. This intensified Japan's conflict with the United States and Great Britain, who reacted with an oil boycott. Oil shortage and diplomatic failures caused Japan to capture the oil rich Dutch East Indies and start the war with America and Great Britain. Before the start of the war in 1941, the population of Hawaii was over 400,000. That number included an Asian majority of around 300,000 and white minority of 100,000. The Japanese fleet which consisted of six aircraft carriers, two battleships, as well as several cruisers and destroyers was commanded by Vice Admiral Nagumo. The Japanese initiated one of the most successful surprise attacks in history at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Full scale war began between the United States and the Japan. This story begins just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, as it follows the adventures of a Japanese Fighter Pilot, who is shot down during the bombing of Oahu and crash lands off the coast of Maui. Follow his struggle to survive in enemy territory and his random encounters with local natives, many of whom were of Japanese descent.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478722847
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/12/2013
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Dougherty has lived and worked in several different locations throughout the world since 1967, including Japan and Hawaii. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, he has experienced the dangers of battle and possibility of capture by the enemy, up close and personal. Throughout his long and diverse career, he authored many articles for newspapers and magazines; as well as writing and producing numerous video documentaries and travelogues on a variety of international topics. Recipient of various awards for writing and producing, including two consecutive Thomas Jefferson statues for excellence in broadcasting, he is continuously seeking new challenges. Dougherty has been studying Asian history and cultures since childhood and deeply understands the motivation and aspirations of Asian people, especially the Japanese. From 1980 to 1986, he lived and worked in Hawaii; both on Maui and Oahu. It was there that he befriended two decorated members of the distinguished 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army. While listening to their insightful stories of pre and post war Maui, he was inspired to one day write a novel about this exciting period in Japanese-American history. After 25 years of globe-trotting and investing in a wide range of business international ventures, he has finally fulfilled that goal. Jim Dougherty's writing style reads more like a movie script than a book. He was strongly influenced by such legendary authors as James Michener and James Clavell. This is just the first in what he hopes to be an exciting trilogy on the subject of Maui, during World War Two.
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