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In addition to having served as a British major in India, Burma, and China during World War II, Courtney Browne (1915–1994) had a deep knowledge of, and many personal encounters with, Japan. He was a member of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force; a witness to the War Crimes Trials; one of the few foreigners to win the confidence of Tojo's wife; and a resident of Japan for a decade.
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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1edit edition (March 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306808447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306808449
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,019,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Browne has written an excellent summary of Japanese governmental history during the first half of the twentieth century rather than a biography of Tojo. Pages go by with no mention of the biography's purported subject. When Tojo does receive attention, it is usually a bare summary of his actions. There is little attempt to get inside his mind or to provide personal context. Similarly, the photos section has relatively few photos of Tojo. The book is very good but its title ought to be "Japan: Government 1900-1945."
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This was a solid read no matter what other books you may have read on this subject. The chapters are kept short moving quickly through timeline of events. No filler in this book. Hideki Tojo was not a complex man, he was a methodical Japanese nationalist who saw the world as a samurai. One of the learning points was how all powerful the Japanese army had become to the point the civilian government had become irrelevant. Browne does a fair / balance review of Tojo and gives the reader plenty of information to form their own opinion of the military trials.
Browne also throws in a lot of other key players, (Generals, politicians, Japanese royalist + Hirohito) all involved in power plays.
This is a good read - you won't be disappointed.
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A poem called: the last Samurai:

Tojo he was warlord,
He say: If Japan-Kwo wants war, Japan-Kwo will have war!
In the end the the Fat Man and the Thin Man fell on Japan-Kwo...
and Tojo swung in autumn breeze,
wearing a hemp necktie
While cherry trees blossomed......
Confucius he say: Tojo was velly honollabre ah so.............

Bit long for a haiku, but it pretty much sums up Tojo's life and achievements. A horrible and destructive nihilist, at least Hitler had some (albeit sick and twisted and detestable) ideals....Tojo,like militant Islamists today, had nothing to offer but death... Apart from that there was nothing, only a void filled with pure hatred.
He succeeded in turning many, many other Japanese into fanatical automatons, bent on killing and being killed.

Be very afraid, peoples of the Western World: Tojo's ghost and "ideas" live on and manifested itself most spectacularly on the 11th of september 2001. Since then, whether we choose to ignore it or not (and most prefer to do so) we are at war with a bigger threat than the nazis...
To think that Iran and Pakistan (where the mullahs soon will rule) control significant nuclear capabilities is a shocking realisation...
May God defend the right, which is us, so in your fr*gging faces, bearded, suicide-bombing, wife-beating creeps!! And Tojo, if I ever get to Japan, I'll go to your grave or shrine or whatever the hell it is and p*ss all over it, hell, I might even take a cr*p on it while I'm at it!

Two world wars and one world cup, mate, remember that!
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