Fall of Japan: The Tumultuous Events of the Final Weeks of World War II in the Pacific

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Overview

A contemporary history told with heart-stopping suspense and drama.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941968089
  • Publisher: Bard Press TX
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue
1 The Tactics of Despair 1
2 Meetinghouse 17
3 The Diplomacy of Defeat 27
4 The Project 47
5 The Little Boy 69
6 The Genie 75
7 The Air-Raid Shelter 105
8 Reaction in Washington 123
9 August 11 - The Conspiracy Begins 135
10 August 12 - Day of Crisis 145
11 The Mounting Peril 157
12 August 14 - The Final Word 167
13 The Rebellion 181
14 Peace on Earth 203
15 The Emperor Speaks 209
16 Delayed Reactions 219
17 An Order From MacArthur 237
18 Violent Interlude 251
19 Lazarus 271
20 The Enemy Lands 285
21 "These Proceedings Are Closed" 299
22 The Last Recourse 315
Epilogue 329
Acknowledgments 335
Notes and Sources 339
Selected Bibliography 351
Indexes 359
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2006

    The Fall of Japan

    This novel gets a B rating from me because of reading comprehension and understanding of war themes and people. This novel tells of how after the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese climax, how the United States responded and made Japan Crumble. The Americans rebuilt most of their navy and made their way through the Pacific and went island hopping until finally the two Atomic Bombs, Little Man and Fat Boy, were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan then surrendered. The themes included war tactics, strategy used by both countries and victory over defeat. One of the reasons Japan quickly was defeated was because of poor strategy and war tactics. They depended on Kamikazes to hit American ships but that wastes an airplane. They let the Americans make their way to close to home by not protecting nearby islands and that led to letting the United States launch the plane carrying the atomic bomb from nearby. The United States then had a victory over the Japanese and controlled the Pacific and established itself as a world superpower. I liked this book because it is about WWII and that is a favorite study of mine but it is still a very reader friendly book. An accurate book that told the stories of the United States against the Japanese yet it didn¿t get too detailed to a point where the reader would get confused. I liked the description and controversy told of the atomic bomb with testing and how they killed millions of innocent people but it was war and action that had to be done. Being and American myself I enjoyed this book because it showed how Americans never quit and will overcome defeat even in the face of war. Some dislikes are trouble remembering which Japanese rulers were in control. Many officers and military men are talked about and it caused a little confusion about who was who. What I didn¿t like was how the author talked about the conspiracy and controversy of the government, I believe that the government was not to blame and Americans should it and the president. I recommend this book to anybody interested in war books and who has American pride. The true story is told about war and how cause fear war but it needs to be done to overcome fear. Anyone who is interested in war in the Pacific because most of WWII was against Hitler, but this tells of the other side of the world. Proud Americans will enjoy this book because it tells of the American victory even against all odds. Readers shouldn¿t read this book if they struggle with memory of people, characters, events ect. A lot of information is told and understanding what is going on and what happened could be confusing. Other recommended works include short, basic war books about Japan to learn a little more of how the Japanese Empire fell the United States.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    The Fall of Japan

    This is a great book about the fall of the Japanese empire during the last weeks of World War II. William Craig talks about the war from both the Japanese side and the American side. Craig was very good with his details with the Japanese leaders and especially with the atomic bomb. This books tells the story of the fall of the Japanese empire with great facts and details

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    The Fall of Japan: The World War Two Japanese Empire

    This novel gets a B raring from me because of reading comprehension and understanding of war themes and people. This novel tells of how after the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese climax, how the United States responded and made Japan crumble. The Americans rebuilt most of their navy and made their way through the Pacific and went ¿island hopping¿ until finally the two Atomic bombs, Little Man and Fat Boy, were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan then surrendered. The themes include war tactics, strategy used by both countries and victory over defeat. One of the reasons Japan quickly was defeated is because of poor strategy and war tactics. They depended on kamakazis to hit American ships but that wastes a plane. They let the Americans make their way to close to home by not protecting nearby islands and that led to letting the United States launch a plane from nearby with an Atomic bomb on it. The bombs of course hit dropped from the Enola Gay. The United States then had victory over the Japanese and controlled the Pacific and established itself as a world superpower. I liked this book, maybe because it was about WWII and that is a popular subject of study for me, but it still was a reader friendly book. An accurate book that told the stories of the United States against the Japanese yet it didn¿t get too detailed to a point where the reader would get confused. I liked the description and controversy told of the atomic bombs with testing and how they killed millions of innocent people but it was war and action had to be done. Being an American myself I enjoyed this book because it showed how Americans never quit and will overcome defeat even in the face of war.Some dislikes are trouble remembering which Japanese rulers were in control. Many officers and military men are talked about and it caused a little confusion about who¿s who but not too much. What I didn¿t like was how the author talks about the conspiracy and controversy surrounding the government, I think the government wasn¿t to blame and Americans should support it and the president. I recommend this book to anybody interested in war books and who has American pride. The true story is told about war and how war causes fear but needs to be done to overcome that fear. Anyone interested in learning about the war in the Pacific, because most world war two is the war against Hitler, but this tells of the other side of the world. Proud Americans will enjoy this book because it tells of the American victory even against all odds. Readers shouldn¿t read this book if they struggle with memory of people, characters, events etc. A lot of information is told and understanding what is going on and what happened could be confusing. Other recommended works would include short, basic war books about Japan to learn a little more of how the Japanese Empire fell to the United States.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2003

    If you like to read textbooks, here's your calling.

    This book reads very much like a textbook, which I find very dry and hard to get into. But any history buff will pratically devour it. It gets better towards the end, but can be a real tear jerker to some.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2001

    An Excellent Historical Re-Account

    The Fall of Japan is a superb and realistic account of World War II in the Pacific and its actions post WWII. William Craig really researched a great amount to create the most accurate account of the events of Japan during and after the turmoil of the war. The one attribute that I enjoyed extremely is that he fluctuated between the Japanese and American point-of-view. This gave the reader a chance to develop their own opinion on the actions concerning the two feuding nations yet still remain neutral in the middle. Another characteristic of the book was the detail Craig went into explaining the events taking place and creating a mental picture. The imagery and his choice of impressionable words had a great impact especially when he was describing the aftermath and affects following the drop of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I can still recall in my mind the shape of the billowing cloud over Nagasaki shaped like an emerging mystical genie. The description of the characters and setting were in such detail that they took up several pages but still captivated and sustained my attention. The feeling and point of views the character had were true to the person throughout the book. In all it was outstanding book that told the story from both sides of the Pacific. The book is an excellent historical account and great for a person in need of research for the Pacific during WWII. Who was/is Mister X?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    I highly reccommend it

    The book was fantastic. A great read if you are into wwII. The despiration of the Japense people in the last days of the war is truly eye opening.

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