Not surprisingly, this hefty work of scholarship is making waves, as Americans and Japanese reconsider their roles in WWII and its aftermath. By placing Hirohito back in the center of the picture and puncturing the myths that surround him, Bix has effectively asked the Japanese to come out of their half-century repression of the past and face their wartime responsibility. Without doing so, he implies, the monarchy will forever impede the development of democracy. For those interested in Japan's wartime past and its influence on the present, this is fascinating, if lengthy, reading. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Hirohito, and the Making of Modern Japan
Herbert P. Bix ©2000
(a Book Report by Ron Housley)
For decades I had been indoctrinated with the notion that... Read more
If you love reading something of value and significance. Then read this, a bit lengthy but the insight and depth makes it good for any rainy dayPublished 4 months ago by Caleb Ahern
I acquired the paperback version a few years ago. When I finally started to read it recently I decided that the Kindle would be easier to hold and read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. E. L.
I am still in the process of reading this book. It certainly is giving me an intimate look at the personality of Hirohito. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert A. Berge
Excruciating in detail. The cast of Japanese political, military, and court characters was so vast, and the names so unfamiliar to Westerners, that it is impossible to keep up with... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Samuel Meredith
Insightful and researched even though the Japanese are not releasing a mountain of documents which would shed further light on the Emperor's involvement in Japanese war planning... Read morePublished 11 months ago by warren joblin
I was born in 1938 and have good recollections of our nation at war. In 1964 I was the medical officer on a Navy ship in Guam, and the following year my wife and I spent three... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert V. Rose
The author makes a well sourced case that Emperor Hirohito was not a remote, unengaged symbol like the Queen of England. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert Guzzardi
Its ok but their is no flow. Kind of just list off events as they happen. Not a good read unless you eat, sleep and breathe the subject matter.Published 15 months ago by Christopher Rosario