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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The secretary of state was also offended by the fact that Kurusu had signed the
Tripartite Pact and was apparently unaware of his subsequent resignation . Hull ,
while well meaning , was also ignorant of another crucial fact . The translators ...
And of course the very fact of a surprise attack , begun before Japan ' s
ambassadors in Washington could deliver notice of termination of economic
negotiations , united the American people against Japan as nothing else could
have done .
More significant than the loss to the Singapore garrison was the fact that a fully
operational battleship under full steam and with full freedom of maneuver had
been sunk by aircraft , a fact that stunned Yamamoto ' s critics in the naval
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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
Planning Operation Hawaii
From Pearl Harbor to Java
Coral Sea and Midway
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