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War Without Mercy has been hailed by the New York Times as "one of the most original and important books to be written about the war between Japan and the United States." In this monumental history, professor John Dower reveals a hidden, explosive dimension of the Pacific War - race - while writing what John Toland has called "a landmark book...a powerful, moving, and evenhanded history that is sorely needed in both America and Japan."

Drawing on American and Japanese songs, slogans, cartoons, propaganda films, secret reports, and a wealth of other documents of the time, Dower opens up a whole new way of looking at that bitter struggle of four and a half decades ago and its ramifications in our lives today. As Edwin O. Reischauer, former ambassador to Japan, has pointed out, this book offers "a lesson that the postwar generations need most...with eloquence, crushing detail, and power."

©1986 John W. Dower (P)2017 Tantor

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"One of the most original and important books to be written about the war between Japan and the United States." (New York Times)

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War without Mercy

This book is historical revisionism without mercy. Main thesis is that the Japanese and Americans were at least equally racist, and often the US (simply because they were more powerful) was the most racist. Utter drivel blaming the US for everything and giving the Japanese a pass despite their overall aggression, the rape of Nanking and Pearl Harbor. I got my money back.

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