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Moving the origins of the Cold War farther east,
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This review is from: Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan (Hardcover)
Certainly Poland was critical in deteriorating Russian-American relations, but this book shows that the Cold War's origins can also be found in the end of the war with Japan.
I am an advocate of Richard Frank, whose book "Guadalcanal" is one of my very favorites, and whose "Downfall" I enjoyed a bit less. I find it surprising that Hasegawa, who seems to have read Frank closely, missed Frank's point that the Strategic Bombing Survey revealed the vulnerability of Germany's (and hence Japan's) railroad system. The Japanese could have died in a hurry due to atomic bombs, or died slowly due to starvation...while their leaders indifferently ruled.
Two points which Hasegawa doesn't address are: Why would the Japanese ever trust STALIN of all people (to honor the non-agression treaty)???? And, was Hirohito simply afraid for his life (or influenced by Imperial family members who were)?
A great book. Interesting revelations on almost every page!