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Embracing Defeat

Drawing on a vast range of Japanese sources and illustrated with dozens of astonishing documentary photographs, Embracing Defeat is the fullest and most important history of the more than six years of American occupation, which affected every level of Japanese society, often in ways neither side could anticipate. Dower, whom Stephen E. Ambrose has called "America's foremost historian of the Second World War in the Pacific," gives us the rich and turbulent interplay between West and East, the victor and the vanquished, in a way never before attempted, from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of men and women in every walk of life. Already regarded as the benchmark in its field, Embracing Defeat is a work of colossal scholarship and history of the very first order. John W. Dower is the Elting E. Morison Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for War Without Mercy.

1999  National Book Awards
1999  Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2000  Pulitzer Prize
2000  Bancroft Prize
1999  Los Angeles Times Book Prizes
2000  American Library Association Notable Books
2000  J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize
2000  L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award

TopicsJapanese military
World War II
Japanese politics and government
Japanese society
Japanese culture
Japanese history
Americans in foreign countries
American foreign policy
American foreign relations