87th out of 89 books — 40 voters
Japan's Longest Day
Many books have been written about Japan's surrender in World War II, but the definitive story can only be told by the Japanese themselves. This brilliant reconstruction of the bitter hours preceding the surrender announcement of Emperor Hirohito is based on material compiled by the Pacific War Research Society, a panel of distinguished Japanese authors and journalists. In...more
Paperback, 339 pages
Published September 13th 2002 by Kodansha
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Interesting, great insight into the Japanese Military society that was ready to destroy Japan to prove their point, and the courage of the few generals and admirals who tried to stop them. I feel this validated the American bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki because they forced the Emperor to take control back from the military and prevented what would have been a horrific invasion of Japan, and probably the end of the Japanese as a culture.
This was a very intense book, outlining the events in Japan leading up to their surrender in WWII. Previously, I had not known that a coup was attempted by a few radicals who were unable to let go of the war effort. The portrait of the Minister of War is especially interesting given that his suicide had a compeletely opposite meaning than the suicides committed by high-ranking Nazis in Germany. Very interesting and a great read.