The Flowers of Edo

The Flowers of Edo

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by Michael Dana Kennedy
     
 

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In the climactic closing months of World War II, Allied Intelligence officers are summoned to the Malcañan Palace in Manila to be briefed by General MacArthur’s Intelligence Staff on the optimal conclusion to the conflict in the Pacific Theater. Intelligence collected at the time concluded that the Americans had only three options to effectively force the

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In the climactic closing months of World War II, Allied Intelligence officers are summoned to the Malcañan Palace in Manila to be briefed by General MacArthur’s Intelligence Staff on the optimal conclusion to the conflict in the Pacific Theater. Intelligence collected at the time concluded that the Americans had only three options to effectively force the Imperial Japanese Military into surrender: encirclement, blockade, and bombardment; isolating Japan from its forces in China, Korea, and Formosa; or engaging Japan through a full-scale amphibious invasion.

In the debut novel by Michael Dana Kennedy, Japanese-American Lt. Ken Kobayashi must straddle a delicate line between duty to country and honor to his family as he is assigned by General MacArthur to infiltrate the Imperial Japanese Army in the lead-up to an invasion of the Japanese archipelago. From the deck of the U.S.S. Yorktown to the halls of the Imperial Ministry of War in Ichigaya in Tokyo, The Flowers of Edo reveals the intricacies of the military machine and the human and cultural price that was paid in the bombings on Japan through a perspective never before seen in fiction. Meticulously researched and endorsed by military insiders and historians from both sides of the Pacific, Lt. Kobayashi’s tale of espionage and romance will shed new light on what might have happened.

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"The Flowers of Edo is a gripping combination of military action and cultural analysis, which offers a unique and provocative perspective on the history that was — and might have been — between Japan and the United States."—James Fallows, Atlantic Monthly

“A page-turner! Kennedy managed to weave all that historical detail with a compelling and moving narrative…a daunting challenge even for even the most seasoned writer.”—Sean Smith, Newsweek

"It is a gripping, historical novel focused on the final months of WWII, with an authentic Japanese setting and an intrguing plot.  Both entertaining and educational—a delightful adventure and experience!" —Admiral James. R. Hogg, Naval Commader Seventh Fleet (retired)
 
“I felt I was right there in the briefing room...It has been my experience that most novelists fail to fully grasp a foreign culture, particularly if the subject deals with four centuries of history. Kennedy has achieved that on a par with James Clavell and James Michener.” —Libby H. O’Connell Ph.D, Senior Vice President and Chief Historian for the History Channel
  
"With some experience of Japan, the Japanese military and military history, compelling reading and a subtle blend of history and fiction. [Kennedy’s] knowledge of the Pacific War is rather remarkable." —Paul Beaver, Jane’s Magazine
 
"The Flowers of Edo
is an imaginative account of Japan's final days of World War II as seen through the eyes of Ken Kobayashi...from the Philippines to Japan in a complex plot whose twists and turns produce a fast-paced drama filled with the larger-then-life personalities of the time, large doses of Japanese history and culture, and a surprising conclusion." –Edward J. Drea Ph.D author of Japan's Imperial Army.
 
"The author's detailed research gives authenticity to the narrative, making the story very believable indeed. Should be enjoyed by younger generations as well as those of us who lived through the Pacific War." —Linda Goetz Holmes, Pacific War Historian and author of Under the Rising Sun
 
“From my perspective of Japanese-American history, [Kennedy’s] characterizations and citations of the era were accurate and genuine. The novel should shed important light on this crucial period of Japanese and American history.”   —Gary Okihiro, Director of the Center for Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University
 
“Kennedy’s book will provoke very interesting reflection on the ways in which the American experience of multi-cultural diversity has confronted members of many different groups with challenges to carve a personal path through family, love, loyalty, and identity.” –Ted Bestor, Professor of Japanese Studies Harvard University
 
“If I were teaching a course on Modern Japan I would consider assigned The Flowers of Edo as a supplemental reading on the Pacific dimension of World War II.  That is high praise.” Donald Teruo Hata Ph.D, Emeritus Professor of History California State University at Northridge
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935654612
Publisher:
Vertical, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
File size:
3 MB

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Meet the Author

Michael Dana Kennedy is a Boston native. He graduated from Harvard University with a dual major in history and political science then attended Tufts University School of Medicine for two years. He spent the majority of his career in clinical research. In the late '80s he entered M.I.T., studying computer science. Kennedy founded two companies, both of which he sold. He then turned his attention to his life-long interest in history and began researching and writing his debut novel, The Flowers of Edo.

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