From Savages to Subjects: Missions in the History of the American Southwest by Robert H. Jackson
Beginning in the 1520s, the Spanish colonial government of Mexico supplemented its military attacks on natives in what is now the southwestern US with missions established by three Catholic orders where natives were invited or forced to settle into sedentary communities of docile subjects. Jackson (Latin American history, State U. of New York-Oneonta) explores the experience of the natives and how the missions attempted to change just about all aspects of indigenous life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
50 years ago, Japan attacked Pearl Harbour and brought a reluctant America into World War II. Armed with fresh materials, which have become available only in the last decade, Renzi and Roehrs take a critical look at the decisive Japanese-American episodes in "The Great Pacific War". Unlike standard histories of World War II, "Never Look Back" includes the Japanese perspective, bringing to light challenging facts: in "Operation Flying Elephant" the Japanese attempted to cause forest fires in the American West by releasing hydrogen-filled balloons. When Americans of Japanese ancestry were interned during the conflict, word reached Japan of their plight and resulted in even greater mistreatment of American POWs in Japan. It is argued that Japan did not surrender because of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki or because of the conventional firebombing or because of the US submarine campaign, but because the USSR entered the war.