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"Extraordinarily illuminating.... Dower has deftly mixed history from the 'bottom up' and the 'top down' to produce what is surely the most significant work to date on the postwar era in Japan."
Jacob Heilbrunn, Wall Street Journal

"Masterly.... A penetrating analysis of Japan in the aftermath of defeat.... A profound and moving book, the best history ever written of Japan and its relations to the United States after the Second World War."
Akira Iriye, Harvard University, Boston Sunday Globe

"Richly detailed and provocative.... For anyone who knows modern Japan, it is an endlessly fascinating explanation of why things work as they do.... A marvelous piece of reporting and analysis."
T.R. Reid, Washington Post

"With Embracing Defeat, [Dower] confirms his place as this country's leading chronicler of the Pacific war."
Janice P. Nimura, Chicago Tribune

"[A] superb history of Japan's occupation.... Dower brilliantly captures the louche?, squalid, but extraordinary dynamic mood of the postwar years. His interest is not just in the politics, but also in literature, the movies, and popular songs."
Ian Buruma, New York Review of Books

"Without question, Dower is America's foremost historian of the Second World War in the Pacific.... A wonderful work of history.... I learned more than I ever would have thought possible."
Stephen Ambrose

About the Author

John W. Dower is the author of Embracing Defeat, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; War without Mercy, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Cultures of War. He is professor emeritus of history at MIT. In addition to authoring many books and articles about Japan and the United States in war and peace, he is a founder and codirector of the online “Visualizing Cultures” project established at MIT in 2002 and dedicated to the presentation of image-driven scholarship on East Asia in the modern world. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (June 17, 2000)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 688 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0393320278
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393320275
  • Item Weight : 1.79 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
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