Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

By John W. Dower
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21.66 Hours 01/01/2000 unabridged
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In this illuminating study, Dower explores the ways in which the shattering defeat of the Japanese in World War II, followed by over six years of American military occupation, affected every level of Japanese society. He describes the countless ways in which the Japanese met the challenge of “starting over”—from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes, fears, and activities of ordinary men and women in every walk of life. He shows us the intense and turbulent interplay of conqueror and conquered, West and East, in a way no Western historian has done before. This is a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary moment in history, when new values warred with the old, and early ideals of demilitarization and radical reform were soon challenged by the United States’ decision to incorporate Japan in the Cold War Pax Americana.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

Winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Nonfiction

Winner of the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History

A 1999 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A 1999 Lionel Gelber Prize Finalist

Winner of the 2000 Bancroft Prize

Winner of the 2002 Yamagata Banto Prize

A 1999 ALA Notable Book Finalist

In this illuminating study, Dower explores the ways in which the shattering defeat of the Japanese in World War II, followed by over six years of American military occupation, affected every level of Japanese society. He describes the countless ways in which the Japanese met the challenge of “starting over”—from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes, fears, and activities of ordinary men and women in every walk of life. He shows us the intense and turbulent interplay of conqueror and conquered, West and East, in a way no Western historian has done before.

This is a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary moment in history, when new values warred with the old, and early ideals of demilitarization and radical reform were soon challenged by the United States’ decision to incorporate Japan in the Cold War Pax Americana.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A magisterial and beautifully written book…A pleasure to read.” New York Times Book Review
“An extraordinarily illuminating book…Surely the most significant work to date on the postwar era in Japan.” Wall Street Journal
“The writing of history doesn’t get much better than this…[Dower] deftly situates the political story within a rich cultural context…The book is most remarkable, however, for the way Dower judiciously explores...complex moral and political issues.” Publishers Weekly
“Dower absorbingly explains how American forces imposed a revolution from above in six years of occupation that transformed imperial Japan into a democracy...A turning point in Japanese history, illuminated through diligent research and piercing insight.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: John W. Dower

John W. Dower is an author, professor, and historian. His book Embracing Defeat won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bancroft, and the Yamagata Banto Prize. In 2004, he was awarded the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award, in recognition of his decisive and influential contribution to the study of history.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 21.66
Audience: Adult
Language: English