Mike Robbins's Reviews > Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Embracing Defeat by John W. Dower
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Apr 27, 2008

it was amazing

The things you'll learn...like how one of the most hang-wringingly anxious concerns of the Japanese government over a looming occupation was how (and who) to service African-American soldiers. The "panpans" were to make themselves a wall to shield japan's flowers. African-American's have gotten the short end of a lot of sticks, but it's happily observed that Japanese prostitutes "discovered that many black GIs treated them more kindly than the whites did."

These sorts of social observations put an interesting human face on a history well covered with facts and dates. The book rolls in a broader analysis of Japanese economic recovery with the boost the Korean War gives to Japanese manufacturing.

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