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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Since 1919 America had maintained a Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor ; the fleet ' s
alternate base was at San Diego . Roosevelt ordered the fleet to remain at Pearl
to act as a deterrent to Japanese aggression on the western rim of the Pacific ...
... strike on the fleet at Pearl Harbor . Never in the nation ' s past had the Imperial
Navy operated over 200 miles from any of the home islands or possessions . And
never before had it chosen so formidable a goal as the American base at Pearl ...
Knowing that the Japanese had a sizable force on the island , and that the true
importance of Truk was its port facility , Halsey opted to launch an air strike in
order to neutralize the base . Admiral Koga , commander of the Japanese
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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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