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Occupation

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The war is over, the occupation begins--and with it start the war crime trials in Tokyo and Yokohama. Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Toland continues the story begun in his bestselling Gods of War, as the Toda and McGlynn families confront the realities of the aftermath of war.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Tor Books (first published 1987)
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Scott Rhee
Apr 25, 2015 Scott Rhee rated it liked it
Shelves: world-war-ii
John Toland's novel "Occupation" is the sequel to "Gods of War", an historical novel about the Pacific theater during World War II, told from the perspective of an American and a Japanese family.

The McGlynns and the Todas are finally reunited, during the post-war years of the American occupation of Japan. The main focus of the novel involves the war crimes tribunal and trials at Yokohama.

Eldest son William McGlynn has been assigned as a defense attorney. He has taken under wing the fledgeling
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Kerry Hennigan
Apr 10, 2015 Kerry Hennigan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The war is over, and MacArthur heads the occupation of Japan as Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers. He employs Frank McGlynn as a special adviser, but doesn't seem to take much notice of the advice.

McGlynn's children have all survived the war, and two of them now have roles (on opposing sides) in the war crimes trials. Japan itself has been devastated and is hardly recognizable to those like the McGlynn offspring who spent their childhood years in the country and loved it.

There is much detai
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Alex
Sep 15, 2015 Alex rated it liked it
Tale of US and Japanese families in Tokyo during the American Occupation. Toland weaves several superficial sets of stories (War Crimes Trials, threat of Communism, black market activities, etc). Characters and stories were a bit one dimensional, but they do successfully paint a picture of life under MacArthur's rule. Toland also adds his own historical background to each story, which for me was the most interesting part of the book.
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Apr 16, 2012 Victoria rated it liked it
Almost like the story was devised to make the history lesson easier. Characters and their sagas were a bit stiff/wooden. Being a history buff, I enjoyed it anyway.
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The plot line is not so good but the history from the documents of the Japanese War Crimes Tribunal are very interesting.
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It answers a lot of questions of the occupation of Japan during MacArthur time frame....
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John Willard Toland (June 29, 1912 in La Crosse, Wisconsin - January 4, 2004 in Danbury, Connecticut) was an American author and historian. He is best known for his biography of Adolf Hitler.[1]

Toland tried to write history as a straightforward narrative, with minimal analysis or judgment. This method may have stemmed from his original goal of becoming a playwright. In the summers between his coll
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