An oral history of Japan during World War II recounts this terrible conflict through the eyes of the Japanese soldiers, laborers, newspapermen, artists, musicians, women who lived through it 20,000 first printing....
|Title||:||Japan at War: An Oral History|
|Publisher||:||New Pr 1st edition October 1, 1992|
|Number of Pages||:||496 pages|
|File Size||:||581 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Japan at War: An Oral History Reviews
I had to rate this book as a whole, trying to encompass everything in here, and that was a bit challenging as there's so much. These are personal accounts of people involved in WWII on the Japanese side. Men, women, and children in Japan, China, Korea, Burma, Thailand, the Philippines, Okinawa, etc. from the very beginning of the war to the occupation.
Without a doubt one of the finest books I have ever read.
A really important and excellent volume about Japan during World War Two.
Being a soldier in Japan has never been all beer and skittles. For those who stayed at home and kept the nation going while all around them all hell was breaking loose life was even worse. The pervading "Bushido" mentality of pre-war Japan and the militaristic government, an all consuming Superiority Complex and a constant stream of egotistical and incorrect desicions meant that Japan was always heading for defeat from the first shot fired in China in the early '30's. Just how long and in what form it would take were determined by the war. It seems there was a realisation that Japan was losing the war as early as 1943 but the possible loss of "face" meant the command and govenment could not sue for peace. So Japan invited her own destruction. The interviews with ex servicemen, particularly those who had had Command positions are revealing in their candour of the prevailing attitude to their barbarous acts both then and now. I could not believe the level of deception the government used to fool the general population and the way they could commit "group suicide" in their thousands. Horrific! Please, let's not do war again!