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Japan at war : an oral history /

Main Author: Cook, Haruko Taya.
Other Authors: Cook, Theodore Failor.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New Press, 1992
Edition: 1. edition.
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Recounts the conflict and documents the huge range of experiences by Japanese soldiers, laborers, journalists, artists, musicians, and women who lived through World War II.

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Recently US publishers have furnished the reading public with a wealth of oral histories that recount the experiences of America's WW-II veterans. However, with the notable exception of John Hersey's Hiroshima (1946), relatively few oral histories have appeared in English that relate the enemy's experiences during the war. Japan at War is a major step toward removing this inadequacy. From the interviews they conducted, the Cooks learned that the Japanese view the war differently from Americans. First, the Japanese were the losers. Second, many still deny their country's responsibility for starting the war. Third, some Japanese even believe the defeat was good for the nation, and finally, very few of those interviewed expressed hatred for the victors. The interviews are arranged chronologically, beginning with the 1937 China Incident and ending with the War Crimes Trials. A number of the accounts are very graphic. General; undergraduate; graduate; faculty. R. H. Detrick; University of North Texas

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.

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