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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of the great powers were engaged in conquering Africa and Asia . The Japanese
joined the imperialist bandwagon , but they did so rather late in the game . In a
certain sense , it might be argued that World War II in the Pacific was , at least in ...
For them , the situation was not unlike that faced by a later generation of
Americans in Vietnam : they were engaged on the Asian mainland in a war they
could not win , but Japanese imperial prestige was engaged and they could not
The Japanese in particular did not hesitate to violate these truces around harvest
time , when they would engage in “ rice raids ” to pillage the local rice crops .
They were therefore able to gain foodstuffs for their own army , while denying it to
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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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