Never Look Back: A History of World War II in the Pacific
50 years ago, Japan attacked Pearl Harbour and brought a reluctant America into World War II. Armed with fresh materials, which have become available only in the last decade, Renzi and Roehrs take a critical look at the decisive Japanese-American episodes in "The Great Pacific War". Unlike standard histories of World War II, "Never Look Back" includes the Japanese perspective, bringing to light challenging facts: in "Operation Flying Elephant" the Japanese attempted to cause forest fires in the American West by releasing hydrogen-filled balloons. When Americans of Japanese ancestry were interned during the conflict, word reached Japan of their plight and resulted in even greater mistreatment of American POWs in Japan. It is argued that Japan did not surrender because of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki or because of the conventional firebombing or because of the US submarine campaign, but because the USSR entered the war.
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Perhaps it did . But the effect of dropping the odd explosive device on , say , San
Francisco , was evidently never even considered . What the effect would have
been on the populous West Coast cities will , of course 124 NEVER LOOK BACK.
Premier Tojo ' s wife shattered all precedent when she made public appearances
in factories and urged women to increase worker productivity . She also made
radio broadcasts to the same effect . The Japanese used their secret weapon ...
In effect , something of an unofficial truce with the Japanese was cemented in
some areas . The Japanese in particular did not hesitate to violate these truces
around harvest time , when they would engage in “ rice raids ” to pillage the local
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Although presented as a history of the Pacific War from the Japanese point of view and a work that should provide new insights for Americans, this book by late historian Renzi fails to offer any new ... Read full review
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