Dudden engagingly explores how the nexus of politics, war memory, and apology shapes contemporary trilateral relations between Korea, Japan, and the United States.
(Jeff Kingston Japan Times
Richly and eloquently written.... Recommended.
A significant contribution on the issue of historical apologies... This book should be required reading.
(Matthew Penney Pacific Affairs
Rich with insights... for specialists, for twentieth-century historians, and for general readers interested in a deeper understanding of the politics of history.
(Sarah Kovner, University of Florida Journal of World History
Dudden traces the intricacies and ironies of history in Northeast Asia in a compelling narrative that indicts many governments and political figures in the process, providing essential reading for anyone wishing to learn more about these complex issues.
(Elizabeth S. Dahl ID: International Dialogue
What does it mean for a country to apologize for sins committed in the past? Who gets to decide whether sufficient apology has been offered? This important work of international history addresses what such apologies mean and for whom. Alexis Dudden explores the subject with great care and specificity, and her analysis of multiple issues is splendid. I know of no other book like it.
(Marilyn B. Young, New York University, author of The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990