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Japan's Longest Day Paperback – September 13, 2002
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"A fascinating story, fraught with heroes and heroism." —Village Voice
"A splendid example of popular history: informative, instructive, exciting, and convincingly factual." —Pacific Affairs
"Fast-paced ... and written with infinite care and skill." —Camden Courier-Post
"... an insight into the traditions and values of prewar Japan, particularly regarding the position of the Emperor." — John M. Allison, Saturday Review
About the Author
THE PACIFIC WAR RESEARCH SOCIETY, a Japanese group made up of fourteen members, devoted eight years work to the research for this book. The group also compiled The Day Man Lost: Hiroshima, 6 August 1945.
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This book stands as warning to any country that lets militarist capture it.
This book is not from a foreigner giving his or her views of the decisions that led to the Emperor speaking to the Japanese people, announcing his decision to surrender.
This is from a group of Japanese historians.
And being Japanese, they were able to not only talk with many of the people involved, but they were able to review the original materials, and could understand the implications of what was written.
It is a shame it is out of print.
I had to get this copy from a second-hand book store in the US.
But it was worth looking for.
I am now going to get the original Japanese-language book, and the movie that was made from the Japanese book.
It will be a struggle, but I will try to get through these, as well.
Turns out that most of the pap spouted today about Hirohito being stubborn, intent on winning at all costs, and so on is just that - pap. His primary interest was the welfare of his people and the preservation of the polity. It was Tojo and others who wanted to fight to the death. Astonishing to learn that the broadcast of the "Voice of the Crane" (expressing his unwarlike wish to surrender so minimize destruction and death) had to be done in secrecy and so on. Astonishing insights from Japanese Historians examining their own documents first published in Japanese in 1965, 20 years after the war ended, when they were able to interview most of the many surviving principals - only one refused to be interviewed.
Should be mandatory reading for anyone seriously interested in the last 24 hours before the Surrender of Japan. Information was actually being withheld from Hirohito about the progress of the war by generals but he still got the picture and understood. The best thing he could do to discharge his sacred obligation to secure the welfare and interest of His People was to surrender -with conditions about preservation of the position of Emperor - but not because he was warlke, rather because he understood that the role of Emperor embodied the spirit of the populace and Its preservation was in the best inerest of the country. To lose the Emperor would be to lose the heart and soul of Japan.
The book actually reads like a gripping historical novel even though it is wriitten with the dry unembellished style of academicians & scholars.