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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While both the army and the navy agreed that island hopping was the strategy of
choice for the reconquest of the Pacific , two very ... The two would link up at the
base of the home islands in a joint assault on Okinawa , some time in the future .
... home islands . The Mariana Island group was dominated by three islands in
particular : Saipan , Tinian , and Guam . ... Possession of them would place the
Japanese home islands well within the range of the new B - 29 bomber . Finally ,
In the end , survival became the solitary goal of the inhabitants of Japan ' s
empire , both on the home islands and elsewhere . From the euphoria of the first
six months of the conflict , Japan was now on the verge of an Allied invasion .
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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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