ISBN-10:
1565840399
ISBN-13:
9781565840393
Pub. Date:
10/28/1993
Publisher:
New Press, The
Japan at War: An Oral History / Edition 1

Japan at War: An Oral History / Edition 1

by Haruko Taya Cook, Theodore F. Cook
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ISBN-13: 9781565840393
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 10/28/1993
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 314,351
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x (d)

About the Author

Haruko Taya Cook is Fordham Marymount Professor Emerita in history at Marymount College of Fordham University. She lives in New York City.

Theodore F. Cook is a professor of Japanese history at William Paterson University. He lives in New York City.

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Japan at War: An Oral History 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book if for revisionists and apologists. The liberal mind set won't accept the need for the use of the Bomb to end the war in the Pacific. Japan was willing to commit National suicide and take 1.5 million Americans with them. Fortunately, Truman dropped the Bomb twice. The Japanese only respect raw power.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book defies the format of most history books -- in my experience most history books are one author's opinion on what happened -- usually during a time/event the author was not even present. The authors of this book (one American, one Japanese) gathered interviews with a *great* variety of people who actually experienced World War II on the Japanese side. Those interviewed come from different social classes and genders, on both the military and civilian side. I feel reading these personal perspectives has given me more insight than other more standard, 3rd person text accounts... plus the dialogue format made it very easy and enjoyable to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a history major, Japan At War was a real treat. It gave you an indepth look at the mind set of the common Japanese citizen,and how they felt about going to war with the United States. It was very helpful in making my own conclusion of what happend between Japan and the United States, as well as seperating the Japanese people from the Japanese military and thier individual roles during the war. Great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The current revisionist thinkers have long decried Truman's decision to drop the A-bombs in 1945, saying that Japan was on the brink of surrender & her population would not resist. After reading the many interviews of the wartime Japanese citizens, from farmers to schoolgirls to shopkeepers & military men in this book, it becomes very apparent to the reader the planned US invasion would have been a ghastly affair of a million US & untold Japanese casualties. The Japanese government indoctrination the accounts describe the in 1st person was complete & truly chilling in the depths of the citizens' uniform resignation they would die resisting an invasion with sharpened poles & suicide charges. The lack of any thought of trying to evade or resist gov't orders to die is striking because it is so uniform. Interviews with the military people are interesting since they do crack the facade of the suicidal warrior (soldier on Saipan)& reinforce the picture of brutal disregard for prisoners (Korean guard in Manchurian 731 germ warfare operation). The story of the schoolgirl nurses on Okinawa is especially touching. A rare, must read book giving the wartime average Japanese mindset!