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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MacArthur , now headquartered in Australia , assumed direct American
responsibility for the Southwest Pacific area , which initially included the Solomon
Islands . Most of the remainder of the Pacific fell under the command of Admiral
He set his staff planners to work almost as soon as he took command , but the
battle may have come sooner than he had anticipated because of the arrival of
an American task force off the island of Saipan . Saipan would be a difficult
Hansell ' s days in command of the B – 29 bomber force were clearly numbered .
Thus the stage was set for Major General Curtis LeMay , who was to become the
patron saint of those who wished to see Japan bombed into oblivion . LeMay ...
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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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