Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
by John W. Dower
A brilliant examination of Japan in the immediate shattering aftermath of World War II. Drawing on a vast range of Japanese sources and illustrated with dozens of astonishing documentary photographs, Embracing Defeat is the fullest and most important history of the more than six years of American occupation, which affected every level of Japanese society, often in ways neither side could anticipate.
Dower gives us the rich and turbulent interplay between West and East, the victor and the vanquished, in a way never before attempted, from top level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of men and women in every walk of life. Already regarded as the benchmark in its field, Embracing Defeat is a work of colossal scholarship and history of the very first order. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
Soft cover. 676 pages. Includes black and white archive photographs.