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Starred Review. One of WWII's most sensational stories was that of Tokyo Rose: a Japanese radio propagandist who demoralized American soldiers with stories of their wives' infidelity and impossibly accurate knowledge of U.S. troop movements. The Tokyo Rose story thrilled and horrified Americans, especially when an American citizen, Iva Toguri, was arrested for being the nefarious broadcaster-the problem, the U.S. government soon realized, was that Toguri was forced into the position of propagandist, had not actually broken any laws, and had even helped American POWs. Still, public opinion demanded that they prosecute, and she was ultimately convicted of treason. By treating Tokyo Rose, the Pacific legend, and Iva Toguri, the American citizen trapped by circumstance, as separate people, Close reaches into the heart of Cold War tension. Meticulously researched, Close's case explains not only why Toguri was not a traitor, but also why the American people, in a time of desperation, needed to believe she was. The result will prove compelling and readable for those interested in the Pacific theater, propaganda studies, or the history of the Cold War; though lengthy, Close makes his 500-plus pages worthwhile with a rich sense of context and detailed notes.
Dubbed a dual biography, this personal history parallels the legend of the infamous—and largely fictitious—Tokyo Rose with the true story of American patriot Iva Toguri. Trapped in Japan for the duration of World War II, Toguri nevertheless exploited her position as an English-speaking disk jockey to aid Allied POWs in Tokyo’s brutal Bunka Camp. After the war, Toguri, accused of being Tokyo Rose, provided a convenient scapegoat for Americans eager to point fingers and assess blame. Tried and wrongly convicted of treason, Toguri, an unfortunate victim of time and circumstances, deserves another day in the court of public opinion. Close gives his subject her due by interweaving the straightforward facts of her life with the fanciful mythology of Tokyo Rose. World War II buffs will appreciate this attempt to set the record straight. --Margaret FlanaganSee all Editorial Reviews
A good balanced book. I got it from the library because I knew her. She owned a Japanese store near my home in Chicago. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Potluck Queen
There have been several books on the life and fortune of Iva Toguri, and the "Tokyo Rose" case. All investigations that I've seen, (after, of course, the railroading of Iva Toguri... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marco Buendia
I got this book to give to my Grandmother and Mother.
My Grandfather is on the cover. They enjoyed this book very much.
America has a lot of good aspects, but this idea of freedom and equality is mostly nonsense. Even at the founding , only a few white guys had any power. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by R.L.D.
Remember, Britain executed "Lord Haw Haw" in 1946, soon after WWII, for much the same radio activity. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by John H.