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Embracing Defeat by John W. Dower
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May 08, 2007

really liked it
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Read in July, 2007

After months of reading, I finally finished Dower's Pulitzer Prize winning _Embracing Defeat_. At times I felt Dower's different tangents did not connect and relate to each other as much as I would have liked, but his Epilogue was fantastic and his arguments convincing.

Dower wrote a great section on censorship in Japan under SCAP. His chapters on the drafting of the 1947 constitution, the Tokyo war crimes tribunal, and engineering growth were excellent. His sources are diverse. And the book is well-written. He has a lot to say about hypocrisy in postwar Japan, the role of the U.S. in buttressing conservative factions while pursuing a Cold War policy of "reverse course", and war responsibility. It's worth reading. It just takes a helluva long time...

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