Warlord: Tojo against the World / Edition 1

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Vilified in the West as the Japanese equivalent of Hitler, Hideki Tojo (1884-1948) was in fact cut from very different cloth. Lacking the skills and charisma of a statesman, fueled by no apocalyptic visions, Tojo was an unimaginative soldier whose primary goals were to establish Japan's military strength and serve his emperor. Yet his determination and ambition caused him to participate in the seizure of power when the military took over the government. WWII scholar Hoyt, a resident of Japan, relies on new sources and remarkable insight to show how Tojo and the leaders of Japan's armed forces gained control of the country, but how ambition ultimately proved to be Tojo's undoing.
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Editorial Reviews

Hoyt fills a longstanding gap in the popular history of the Pacific theater with this biography.
World War II History
The life, career, and fall of Japan's leading warlord of World War II unfolds at a brisk pace in Edwin Hoyt's succinct yet detailed biography. He has been a longtime resident of Japan and is one of the most prolific and engaging historians writing today. This revealing book is highly relevant to any study of the 1939-1945 global holocaust because it opens a clear window on what led Japan to war and Tojo's role in it.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An all but forgotten figure even in Japan, Hideki Tojo was second only to Adolf Hitler as a symbol of Axis villainy during WW II. Hoyt ( Japan's War ) describes Tojo's ascendancy to power in the Japanese army, and his roles as prime minister and minister of War, Armaments and Education, in which he led Japan into the war that devastated the country. As Hoyt points out, Tojo's fall in 1944 (immediately after the U.S. victory on Saipan and just before a failed attempt on his life) came about because he had assumed so many responsibilities that he was blamed for Japan's failures in the war. Hoyt concludes with a straightforward account of Tojo's arrest by U.S. military authorities, his trial in Japan for war crimes (which included the charge that he approved mistreatment of Allied prisoners of war) and his execution. Though Tojo emerges here as a colorless person, this account of his career increases our knowledge of the relationship between the Imperial Army, Emperor Hirohito and the Japanese government. Illustrations. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In this first English-language biography of Tojo in almost 30 years, Hoyt, best-selling popularizer of history, now writes a succinct biography of Japan's war and prime minister who is generally held responsible for the country's involvement in World War II. Using diaries, archival materials, and family interviews, Hoyt places Tojo and his actions within the context of Japan's peculiar political situation. According to Hoyt, the military controlled the government, and Tojo was merely one of the cabal that pushed Japan into war. The Tojo revealed here is a master manipulator who let himself be misled by junior officers, a ruthless plotter, a man loyal to the emperor who almost betrayed him in the end. Readers will get a clear picture of what led Japan into war and of Tojo's place in it. A valuable purchase for public and academic libraries. For another view of Hoyt's work, see The Last Kamikaze , p. 91.--Ed.-- Katharine L. Kan, Aiea P.L., Hawaii
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815411710
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST COOPER
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Edwin P. Hoyt, author of Japan's War, The GI's War, and Hitler's War (all of which are published by Cooper Square Press), and Inferno: The Firebombing of Japan, March 9-August 15, 1945 (published by Madison Books), lives in Tokyo, Japan.
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Table of Contents

Tojo: How He Was: An Introduction
December 22, 1948 1
1 Soldier to Politician 5
2 Politician-Soldier 21
3 War Minister 33
4 The ABCD of Paranoia 43
5 The Decline and Fall of Prince Konoye 55
6 The Rise of Tojo 65
7 Easy Victories 79
8 The Limits of Power 89
9 The Imperial Way 97
10 The Dream: United Asia 111
11 Tojo Deals Out One Enemy 123
12 The Changing Dream 131
13 The Collapse of High Hopes 141
14 The War Turns Around 151
15 "The enemy will grow hasty..." 161
16 The Thrust for Power 171
17 Tojo's Last Chance 183
18 The Fall of Saipan (and Tojo) 189
19 End of the Line 195
20 The War Nears Its End 203
21 Ordeal 211
22 The Last Battle 217
Epilogue 223
Appendix A. Imperial Rescript of December 8, 1941 225
Appendix B. Imperial Rescript of August 14, 1945 227
Appendix C. Tojo Statement of September 10, 1945 229
Notes and Acknowledgments 231
Bibliography 241
Index 243
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