Japan 1941

Japan 1941

Countdown to Infamy

Book - 2013
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Examines the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780307594013
0307594017
Branch Call Number: History 940.5426 Hot
Alternative Title: Countdown to infamy

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SEBoiko
Jul 09, 2014

By allying with Japan and Italy, Germany hoped to deter the United States and minimize the chance of US participation in a European war.

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SEBoiko
Jul 09, 2014

when Japan sent planes to attack Pearl Harbor, it was mired in economic and political uncertainties.

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SEBoiko
Jul 09, 2014

Japan had entered into a situation of war with the United States and Britain in the western pacific before dawn.

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SEBoiko
Jul 09, 2014

Broadly speaking, one of the biggest obstacles to withdrawing from a war, especially a war you are losing is justifying the blood spilled and the money spent.

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SEBoiko
Jul 09, 2014

Stalin, of course, continued to be terrified by the prospect for a two-front war.

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SEBoiko
Jul 09, 2014

The French finally gave into a 'peaceful' Japanese takeover on July 22.

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SEBoiko
Jul 09, 2014

Man is not a man if he does not gamble.

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SEBoiko
Jun 11, 2014

none of the top leaders, their occasional protestations not withstanding, had sufficient will, desire; or courage to stop the momentum for war.

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SEBoiko
Jun 11, 2014

one must enter the tiger's den in order to catch his cubs.

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SeattleSaul
Sep 21, 2014

This thoroughly researched, very readable work gives great insight into how and why Japan stumbled into WWII step-by-step. Interspersed with actual quotes and communications from the leaders, it shows how a modern nation, arguably the most advanced in Asia, engaged itself in a war that it knew it was almost certain to lose with an industrial, continental powerhouse, the U.S. I think that if only this story applied to the Japan of 1941, it would only be a well-told story to gaze upon with sadness, but the leaders of contemporary countries would do well to study the mistakes made and hope not to repeat them.
An excellent, highly readable book. I give it my highest recommendation.

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twisted8
Apr 10, 2014

Excellent work for both the knowledgeable & the novice. While a bit dense at times regarding background material all of it is relevant and worthwhile. Highly recommended.

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