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Pearl Harbor and the Coming of the Pacific War by Akira Iriye
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Jun 29, 12

bookshelves: japan, history
Read from June 24 to 29, 2012

Was the Pearl Harbor attack inevitable? To some people, it certainly was, because Japanese people were simply crazy. But no, look at this book, and put yourself in the Japanese leaders' shoes. Or for that matter, the US, or any other warring nations' shoes. The book does not reveal as much about the attack itself as to the circumstances that this attack emerged during Japanese discussions in 1941. And the author puts the attack in a global context, describing how this conflict did not simply involve the two sides of the Pacific War, but a whole range of other nations. The Pearl Harbor attack is as much of a political and diplomatic battleground as a real site of military destruction.

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