Japan 1941

Japan 1941

Countdown to Infamy

Streaming Audiobook - 2013
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When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, argues Eri Hotta, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a conflict they were bound to lose. Availing herself of rarely consulted material, Hotta poses essential questions overlooked by historians in the seventy years since: Why did these men-military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor-put their country and its citizens in harm's way? Why did they make a decision that was doomed from the start? Introducing us to the doubters, bluffers, and schemers who led their nation into this conflagration, Hotta brilliantly shows us a Japan never before glimpsed-eager to avoid war but fraught with tensions with the West, blinded by traditional notions of pride and honor, nearly escaping disaster before it finally proved inevitable.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781452696775
1452696772
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (13hr., 17 min.)) : digital

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Mar 10, 2016

The reader's voice is clear and not too strong, and thankfully avoids throat-fry. The work itself is very good and informative and interesting... for the first half of the work. The third quarter really drags on; the last quarter less so. The book gives an account of the diplomatic and institutional development of imperial Japan, mainly told through the biographies of those in politics and the military. Those who liked 'Nixon and Mao' by McMillan will probably like this too.

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