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Embracing Defeat

John W Dower

Drawing on a vast range of sources, from manga comics to MacArthur's report to Congress, this monumental new work by America's foremost historian of modern Japan traces the impact of defeat and reconstruction on every aspect of Japan's national life. Alongside the familiar story of economic resurgence, Dower examines how the nation as a whole reacted to the contradictory experiences of humiliation at the hands of a foreign power and liberation from the demands of a suicidal nationalism. The result is a titanic history, and a landmark book.

Biography

John Dower is Henry Luce Professor of International Cooperation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of JAPAN AT WAR and the National Book Critics Circle Award winner WAR WITHOUT MERCY.