Hirohito's War

Hirohito's War

The Pacific War, 1941-1945

Book - 2015
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In his magisterial narrative of the Pacific War, Francis Pike's Hirohito's War offers an original interpretation, balancing the existing Western-centric view with attention to the Japanese perspective on the conflict. As well as giving a "blow-by-blow" account of campaigns and battles, Francis Pike offers many challenges to the standard interpretations with regards to the causes of the war; Emperor Hirohito's war guilt; the inevitability of US Victory; the abilities of General MacArthur and Admiral Yamamoto; the role of China, Great Britain and Australia; military and naval technology; and the need for the fire-bombing of Japan and the eventual use of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hirohito's War is accompanied by additional online resources, including more details on logistics, economics, POWs, submarines and kamikaze, as well as a 1930-1945 timeline and 178 maps.
Publisher: London, New York, Bloomsbury,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781472596703
Characteristics: xli, 1110 pages ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Pacific war, 1941-1945.


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Aug 02, 2017

Incredibly detailed and yet completely readable. Provides an unbiased history of the Pacific War with personal accounts and follow ups that provide a lot of clarity on who/what/where/when/why of the whole war. Long but worth the read for those that are interested.

Apr 28, 2016

Accompanying maps can be found here: http://www.francispike.org/main.php?mode=1&p1=H_maps

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