The Pacific War Revisitedby Gunter Bischof (Editor), Robert L. Dupont (Editor)
Rather than retread the familiar landscape of strategic and political issues, the nine commentaries presented here enter less traveled
In 1991, leading scholars met at the University of New Orleans' Eisenhower Center to confer on the war in the Pacific. This volume, based on the proceedings of that conference, reflects the great complexity and scope of the conflict.
Rather than retread the familiar landscape of strategic and political issues, the nine commentaries presented here enter less traveled terrain. Michael Schaller examines the importance of Douglas MacArthur's political charisma to his military career. Stephen E. Ambrose and Brian Loring Villa discuss the racism that was integral to the Pacific war and the decision to drop the A-bomb. Gregory J. W. Urwin's analysis of the Wake Island defenders' ordeal and Kathleen R. Warnes's focus on individual Navy and Army nurses' experiences in the Pacific together reveal the human faces so often lost behind the statistics of war.
Several of the selections challenge the "good war" thesis, and all show convincingly that the war with Japan offers a rich territory for further scholarly exploration.
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