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Because the victors had no linguistic or cultural access to the losers' society, they were obliged to govern indirectly. Gen. Douglas MacArthur decided at the outset to maintain the civil bureaucracy and the institution of the emperor: democracy would be imposed from above in what the author terms "Neocolonial Revolution." His description of the manipulation of public opinion, as a wedge was driven between the discredited militarists and Emperor Hirohito, is especially fascinating. Tojo, on trial for his life, was requested to take responsibility for the war and deflect it from the emperor; he did, and was hanged. Dower's analysis of popular Japanese culture of the period--songs, magazines, advertising, even jokes--is brilliant, and reflected in the book's 80 well-chosen photographs. With the same masterful control of voluminous material and clear writing that he gave us in War Without Mercy, the author paints a vivid picture of a society in extremis and reconstructs the extraordinary period during which America molded a traumatized country into a free-market democracy and bulwark against resurgent world communism. --John Stevenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A very idea dense and somber read. Mandatory reading WW2 buffs and Nihon-philes; a somber portrait of a county devastated by war. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Dr. Jupitor Von Bron
Japan in the aftermath of WWII was full of contradictions, chaos and sweeping change. The American occupation that lasted from 1945 to 1952 forever changed the course of history in... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Lynda
Lot of info l was unaware of. I was stationed at Atsugi NAS from 57-59 and I could relate to many things in the book.Published 1 month ago by Robert Kreger
Extremely well researched, and it gives you a wide picture of what happen during the occupation. Plus as a human study, its interesting to see how one people reacted to be... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul J.
Very well written. Provided in depth understanding of the situation in post-WWII Japan that is not provided in documentaries and other summary type references.Published 2 months ago by JGB_LAX
I had high hopes for this book and thought the topic would be fascinating. We know so much about post war Germany but Japan tends to be an enigma. Read morePublished 3 months ago by cool3221
The book far surpassed my expectations in its thorough, thoughtful and masterly analysis and presentation of such a complex historical period. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roadrunner