Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

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Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower, Edward Lewis

A definitive history of the transformation of Japanese society under American occupation after World War II. 40 photos.

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ISBN-13: 9781433245671
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 17
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

John W. Dower is the author of Embracing Defeat, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; War without Mercy, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Cultures of War. He is professor emeritus of history at MIT. In addition to authoring many books and articles about Japan and the United States in war and peace, he is a founder and codirector of the online “Visualizing Cultures” project established at MIT in 2002 and dedicated to the presentation of image-driven scholarship on East Asia in the modern world. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Embracing Defeat is an amazing story about post war of Japan. It shows how the people reacted when they found out they had surrendered, how they dealt with the United States creating a new government, and the change of everyday life of the people as well as their families. Many Japanese lost their jobs leaving them to starve on the streets, leaving children homeless, many without parents. John W. Dower does a great job of telling the story through open eyes and isn't one sided about the accounts of Japanese he shares. The book is uplifting through the personal stories that are told; people that don¿t have any hope left, yet they find a way to get through the harsh times. The book also displays photographs that help to visualize the events described in the book. I thought it was an overall good book; Dower did a good job of making factual parts interesting. If you are interested in Japan¿s struggle after World War II, this is the book for you. Even if you are not specifically interested in this time period, I still highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great read... One fascinating sidelight is the story of Beate Sirota, the 24 year old young lady, Mills College College graduate, who was an active participant in the writing of Japan's post war constitution. How this young lady, the daughter of Viennese Jewish parents got on that committee with all those American officer white guys is a story that should be told. Does anyone have any information on her? I wrote to Dower a couple of months ago and he hasn't responded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're really interested in this specific time period in Japanese/American history you'll truly love this book. He does a great job in summarizing the times without opinionating all that much. However, he does manage to make some of the more interesting parts of the story quite boring. I would definitely recommend purchasing this book.