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I Saw Tokyo Burning: An Eyewitness Narrative From Pearl Harbor To Hiroshima

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Sarah Crawford
Feb 24, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book with lots and lots of information. I've put some of the most important things, in my opinion, below.


Japanese goofs right off
Japan was supposed to have declared war before their attack on Pearl Harbor, but due to problems at their embassy in Washington, DC, the declaration of war was not communicated to our government before the attack.


Japan's defeat was inevitable.


The author notes that “at the time, there was not a single foreigner living in Tokyo to whom that folly was
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Mary
Nov 14, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing
Reading this book has taught me more than I imagined it would.
Needing background for my book I not only got factual descriptions about Tokyo but an understanding of the Japanese government, military, and most importantly, the "Hundred Million" Japanese citizens living in Tokyo. Understanding some of the background leading up to WWII, the lack of information given to the people, and the horror of living in Tokyo has helped give me a platform upon which I can develop my story more accurately.
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Sep 26, 2010 Shawn Buckle rated it really liked it
A first-hand look at Tokyo during WWII from a Frenchman. His account of the underrepresented Tokyo fire bombings on March 9-10 is harrowing and eye-opening to Curtis LeMay's scorched earth philosophies. This one night of bombing by his B29s killed more than the nuclear bombs on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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