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From the Publisher“Hotta illuminates the extraordinary ideological and military predicament in which Japan found itself in the months before the attack on Pearl Harbor…[She] brings to life the key figures of a deeply divided Japanese leadership…[and] scrupulously details [their] negotiations and squabbles…against a backdrop of dauntingly complex domestic and international maneuverings.”
—The New Yorker
“Hotta’s groundbreaking work is both a fascinating history and a cautionary tale for those who wield power today.”
—The Dallas Morning News
“[Hotta’s] account is a warning to any country that would talk itself into a foolish war.”
—The Seattle Times
“In this focused, informed and persuasive book…Hotta effortlessly returns us to the moment just before the dice were so disastrously rolled. From a perspective little known to Americans, a masterful account of how and why World War II began.”
“A fascinating read for anyone interested in Japan’s involvement in World War II…While scholarly and thoroughly researched, it’s also a highly enjoyable read…A real page turner.”
“In this fast-moving, persuasive account of Japan's road to Pearl Harbor, Eri Hotta describes the pathetic leadership of a country who argue among themselves endlessly when the crisis across the Pacific requires decisive action to preserve the peace. It is a story of self-delusion, irresponsibility, and ignorance from which Japan is not entirely free even today.”
—Akira Iriye, author of Pearl Harbor and the Coming of the Pacific War
“This ambitious, groundbreaking history builds new layers atop a story that we thought we knew.”
“Finely nuanced…[Hotta] forcefully reframes how we should consider the Japanese with respect to their positions as emerging world powers in [an]…era of international turmoil.
—Asian American Literature Fans
From the Hardcover edition.