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- Print Length: 273 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497311659
- Publication Date: December 28, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HD04DNK
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,597 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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#Tokyo45: The Final Days of World War II (Hashtag Histories Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"I like the format. It is easy to follow and provides the reader with a feel for the thoughts of the major players as interpreted by the author." - Amazon review
"Gibson takes us day by day, tweet by tweet, through the final 54 days of World War II, inserting biographical snippets of the main players as he usually does in his Hashtag History series. The result is a better understanding of the human dynamics of the decision making in this crucial period in world history than one would get from a library full of history books." - Kindle review
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The writing style of putting it in the form of tweets if tweets were available back in 1945 was so innovative and made the information easier to take in!
The more I think about it, the more I realize that I really enjoyed this book! (changed my rating to 5 stars).
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That's what #Tokyo45 looks to imagine. In the form of tweets. Decision makers on all sides are given imaginary Twitter accounts and the narrative of the end of the war is told through tweets on a daily basis. The start of each day contains a short overview of a key decision maker or location. It's a great way of presenting all sides of the story leading up to the dropping of the bombs and the aftermath of them.
Another interesting notion: Imagine social networking was around, seventy-odd years back. Imagine that the main figures at the end of World War Two detailed their daily thoughts into short concise bits of what had been going on from their point of view. An interesting jigsaw would start to build up. This well researched book [with references] is a follow-on to Philip Gibson's first book, which in the same way, describes the end of Nazi Germany. Now the writer turns his attention to the last ten weeks of the war with Japan. Ten weeks that demonstrated total war with all its horrors. Mass air bombing of Japanese cities, ports,factories and military facilities. The unspeakable horror of the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, which even shocked the American military. Hand to hand combat for the islands leading up to the Japanese homeland with huge loss of life right up until the end of the war. Huge loss of ships on both sides. Despite a growing awareness from some elements in Japan that the war was lost, Japan clearly was not going to give up easily, in the context of a kind of holy war to preserve Japanese culture - even to the point of advocating mass suicide fighting against the allies.
I was not sure I would enjoy this book, but I did. I thought it might be very grim. It is actually surprisingly readable, interesting, original and consuming. It attempts to see things from many perspectives. The American president and the US military. The media on both sides. The arguments and logistics of how the atomic bombs would be used. Rows between the Japanese Imperial family and the military government of the country. Even a British insight with Churchill fighting a General Election at the same time as trying to liaise with the Russians and the Americans as to ending the Second World War. The role of the Russians who finally declared war on Japan just weeks before the end of the war. The huge pressures being put on the incredibly stubborn Japanese to give in, but trying to understand things from their point of view. The reader is left to make up his own mind as to events, rather than being spoon-fed opinions by the author.
I should imagine that when writing something like this, the devil was in the detail. History is evidential these days, almost scientific in nature, but there is still huge scope for interpretation and argument - and I can imagine academic historians from various perspectives, nit-picking about a book like this. We may never truly know what actually went on because, well, not everything was written down and revealed to the public, 'truth' being 'the first casualty of war'. But this seems a brave attempt, with as many sources as feasible, to present a different way of looking at history. I have a feeling that students might find this particularily insightful and even helpful as a supplement and aide-memoire to texts and lectures as a way to understand what was going on. There is also scope for 'reading between the lines' of the short pithy comments. And plenty of things to Wiki afterwards. I am sure that people interested in history, generally, would enjoy reading this book. Plenty there to read and think about as well, and would be a worthy companion on, say, a long flight.