The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire

Book - 1999
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"These pages present the untold story of how American leaders learned in the summer of 1945 that their compromise strategy to end the war by blockade and bombardment, followed by invasion, had been shattered; radio intelligence had unmasked a massive Japanese buildup on Kyushu designed to turn the initial invasion into a bloody shambles. Meanwhile, the text and analysis of diplomatic intercepts depicted sterile prospects for negotiation before a final clash of arms. Here also, for the first time, is a full and balanced account of how Japan's leaders risked annihilation by gambling on a military strategy aimed at securing political bargaining leverage to preserve the old order in Japan." "Downfall replaces the myths that now surround the end of the war and the use of the bomb with the stark realities of this great historical controversy."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1999.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780679414247
Branch Call Number: 940.5425 Fra 3701 2
Characteristics: xix, 484 pages : illustrations, maps.


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Jul 25, 2011

An excellent summary of events and politics related to the end of WW II in the Pacific - including decision to use the atomic bomb.


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