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Hirohito: Behind the Myth

Hirohito: Behind the Myth

by Edward Behr

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Armed with new evidence, Behr convincingly argues that Hirohito, far from being an innocent tool of the Japanese military, actually sanctioned military expansionism in the 1930s; did little to reverse a tendency toward battlefield confrontation with the U.S.; was fully informed of preparations for the attack on Pearl Harbor; and, in fact, presided over the war to the end,'' argued PW. Photos. (Sept.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
The late emperor Hirohito has been the subject of several biographies, notably David Bergamini's Japan's Imperial Conspiracy (LJ 12/15/71) and Leonard Mosley's Hirohito: Emperor of Japan (LJ 6/15/66). The life and times of Hirohito remain controversial, however, and there is ample need for an ongoing reassessment by responsible writers. Behr, a Newsweek correspondent, presents a well-researched (though in English-language sources only) study that provides a fascinating and probing look at the life of the 20th century's longest-reigning monarch. Behr argues that a generation of Hirohito apologists have propagated the notion that Hirohito was a ``peace-loving puppet'' who didn't know what his generals and ministers were up to in the 1930s and 1940s; Behr's intention is to ``restore the balance.'' The result, however, is not ``balance'' but a lawyer's brief for the prosecution.-- John Boyle, California State Univ., Chico

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Knopf Publishing Group
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