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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... did not expect victory , since each warship was equipped with a Japanese flag
to hoist in the event of defeat . ( Perhaps the Russians were not sure the
Japanese would appreciate a white flag , even if it were hoisted as a token of
surrender . ) ...
But even stationing every major American warship in Pearl Harbor , assuming
that the United States possessed the tankers to refuel them during possible
subsequent operations in the Pacific , would almost certainly have had no
This plan , known as Operation K , was aborted when the Japanese tanker
submarine failed to make its appointed rendezvous with the two high - altitude
seaplanes at French Frigate Shoals , because a small American warship was
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Never look back: a history of World War II in the PacificUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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