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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Like almost all other authors , we have retained zone times ( also known as “
local , ” “ real , ” or “ actual ” times ) in the narrative . Thus , December 7 , 1941 ,
was December 8 in Japan , and Pearl Harbor Day , a national holiday by imperial
It could only be bested when American pilots used “ hit and run ” tactics (
sometimes known as the “ Thatch Weave ” ) , or enjoyed numerical superiority .
The American designers tested and almost literally dissected the Zero , designing
He was even ridiculed within the army hierarchy , where he was known as the “
superior private , " a rank directly above that of private first class . On July 18 ,
1944 , after much bitter debate and rancor , Tojo resigned . The ensuing cabinet ...
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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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