This book is a careful reconstruction of history based on primary documents and some secondary sources.
It seems that the author started out with the idea that the A-Bombs were bad and sought to justify his beliefs rather than take an objective look at the evidence.
Overall, I thought this book did a good job of explaining the logistics and construction of the invasion plans.
What the United Staes knew of what exactly was happening in Japan throughout 1945 was totally guesswork. To guess in war has proven a disaster. It was assumed they were powerful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gary L. Smith
Chapter 5 is titled "U.S. Redeployment to the Pacific". It shocked me to discover the redeployment included a chaotic and destructive demobilization of US divisions. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Indiana Reviewer
John Ray Skates's "The Invasion of Japan" is an intriguing study of the US plans to invade Japan in 1945 and 1946, an invasion that was preempted by Japan's surrender after the... Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by A. Courie
This excellent book was written based on a study the author made to answer the following questions:
What was the role of the Soviets in the war against Japan? Read more
This book is quite fascinating. What Skates has done is write a history of the planning for the invasion of Japan. The invasion never happened; the planning did. Read morePublished on June 7, 2007 by Nicholas E. Sarantakes
This book is a really thorough look at the Allied (American) plans for the invasion of Japan. What is valuable is the perspective in which these plans were developed, from the... Read morePublished on September 29, 2005 by Amazon Customer
Advertised as an alternative to the Atomic Bombs released on Japan to end World War II, Skates spends most of the thesis explaining military capabilities, background of... Read morePublished on March 29, 2005 by Holff
I have been interested in finding out what the detailed plans were for the proposed invasion of Japan for some time. Read morePublished on February 1, 2001 by Brad Albaugh
Skates has brought new information to bear on the invasion plans. That is my only reason for giving this book any stars at all. Read morePublished on January 22, 2000 by Gerry Rising