John W. Dower





John W. Dower


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John W. Dower is the author of Embracing Defeat, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; War without Mercy, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Cultures of War. He is professor emeritus of history at MIT. In addition to authoring many books and articles about Japan and the United States in war and peace, he is a founder and codirector of the online “Visualizing Cultures” project established at MIT in 2002 and dedicated to the presentation of image-driven scholarship on East Asia in the modern world. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Embracing Defeat: Japan in ...

4.11 avg rating — 2,819 ratings — published 1999 — 13 editions
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War Without Mercy: Race and...

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Cultures of War: Pearl Harb...

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Ways of Forgetting, Ways of...

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Japan in War and Peace: Sel...

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“What the diary does not reveal, for it stops too soon, is the appalling fact that from late 1945 until 1952 Japanese medical researchers were prohibited by U.S. occupation authorities from publishing scientific articles on the effects of the atomic bombs.”
John W. Dower, Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945

“For all their talk of democracy, the conquerors worked hard to engineer consensus; and on many critical issues, they made clear that the better part of political wisdom was silence and conformism. So well did they succeed in reinforcing this consciousness that after they left, and time passed, many non-Japanese including Americans came to regard such attitudes as peculiarly Japanese.”
John W. Dower, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

“We can prove that most Americans don’t believe in pushing people around, even when we happen to be on top.”
John W. Dower, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II



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