BN.com Gift Guide

Japan at War: An Oral History / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$11.15
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $3.94
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 79%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (39) from $3.94   
  • New (12) from $11.12   
  • Used (27) from $3.94   

Overview

Following the release of Clint Eastwood’s epic film Letters from Iwo Jima, which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture, there has been a renewed fascination and interest in the Japanese perspective on World War II. This pathbreaking work of oral history is the first book ever to capture—in either Japanese or English—the experience of ordinary Japanese people during the war.

In a sweeping panorama, Haruko Taya Cook and Theodore F. Cook take us from the Japanese attacks on China in the 1930s to the Japanese home front during the inhuman raids on Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, offering the first glimpses of how the twentieth century’s most deadly conflict affected the lives of the Japanese population. The book “seeks out the true feelings of the wartime generation [and] illuminates the contradictions between the official views of the war and living testimony” (Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan).

Japan at War is a book to which Americans and Japanese will continue to turn for decades to come. With more than 30,000 copies sold to date, this edition features an updated cover designed to appeal to a new generation of readers.

In a vivid, sweeping panorama, this captivating oral history relates the remarkable story of Japanese people living during World War II, offering the first glimpses of how this century's most violent conflict affected the lives of the ordinary Japanese population.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"One of the essential books about World War II." &#8212The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The stories recorded in Japan at War provide insight into the confounding complexity of extreme human behavior during the war." &#8212San Francisco Chronicle

"Hereafter no one will be able to think, write, or teach about the Pacific War without reference to [the Cooks’] work." &#8212Marius B. Jansen, Princeton University

"Oral history of a compellingly high order." &#8212Kirkus Reviews

"Informed, nuanced, manysided, vivid—an impressive achievement." &#8212Ezra F. Vogel, Harvard University

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565840393
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 186,260
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author


Haruko Taya Cook is Fordham Marymount Professor Emerita in history at Marymount College of Fordham University. She lives in New York City.

Theodore F. Cook is a professor of Japanese history at William Paterson University. He lives in New York City.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    Condemnation of US & the Atomic Bomb

    This book if for revisionists and apologists. The liberal mind set won't accept the need for the use of the Bomb to end the war in the Pacific. Japan was willing to commit National suicide and take 1.5 million Americans with them. Fortunately, Truman dropped the Bomb twice. The Japanese only respect raw power.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2005

    not just for history majors

    This book defies the format of most history books -- in my experience most history books are one author's opinion on what happened -- usually during a time/event the author was not even present. The authors of this book (one American, one Japanese) gathered interviews with a *great* variety of people who actually experienced World War II on the Japanese side. Those interviewed come from different social classes and genders, on both the military and civilian side. I feel reading these personal perspectives has given me more insight than other more standard, 3rd person text accounts... plus the dialogue format made it very easy and enjoyable to read!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2001

    It is a time machine that leaves you in Japan during the Pacific War.

    As a history major, Japan At War was a real treat. It gave you an indepth look at the mind set of the common Japanese citizen,and how they felt about going to war with the United States. It was very helpful in making my own conclusion of what happend between Japan and the United States, as well as seperating the Japanese people from the Japanese military and thier individual roles during the war. Great book!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2001

    For those who doubt the Japanese would resist a 1945 invasion, read this book.

    The current revisionist thinkers have long decried Truman's decision to drop the A-bombs in 1945, saying that Japan was on the brink of surrender & her population would not resist. After reading the many interviews of the wartime Japanese citizens, from farmers to schoolgirls to shopkeepers & military men in this book, it becomes very apparent to the reader the planned US invasion would have been a ghastly affair of a million US & untold Japanese casualties. The Japanese government indoctrination the accounts describe the in 1st person was complete & truly chilling in the depths of the citizens' uniform resignation they would die resisting an invasion with sharpened poles & suicide charges. The lack of any thought of trying to evade or resist gov't orders to die is striking because it is so uniform. Interviews with the military people are interesting since they do crack the facade of the suicidal warrior (soldier on Saipan)& reinforce the picture of brutal disregard for prisoners (Korean guard in Manchurian 731 germ warfare operation). The story of the schoolgirl nurses on Okinawa is especially touching. A rare, must read book giving the wartime average Japanese mindset!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)