John W. Dower





John W. Dower

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John W. Dower is the author of Embracing Defeat, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; War without Mercy, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Cultures of War. He is professor emeritus of history at MIT. In addition to authoring many books and articles about Japan and the United States in war and peace, he is a founder and codirector of the online “Visualizing Cultures” project established at MIT in 2002 and dedicated to the presentation of image-driven scholarship on East Asia in the modern world. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.


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Embracing Defeat: Japan in ...
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War Without Mercy: Race and...
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Cultures of War: Pearl Harb...
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Ways of Forgetting, Ways of...
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Japan in War and Peace: Sel...
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 1994 — 4 editions
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The Elements of Japanese De...
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Empire And Aftermath: Yoshi...
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The Hiroshima Murals: The A...
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Japanese History and Cultur...
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Hiroshima Diary: The Journa...
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“What the diary does not reveal, for it stops too soon, is the appalling fact that from late 1945 until 1952 Japanese medical researchers were prohibited by U.S. occupation authorities from publishing scientific articles on the effects of the atomic bombs.”
John W. Dower, Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945

“We can prove that most Americans don’t believe in pushing people around, even when we happen to be on top.”
John W. Dower, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

“The occupation of Japan was the last immodest exercise in the colonial conceit known as “the white man’s burden.”2”
John W. Dower, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II



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