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By John W. Dower

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the 1999 nationwide e-book Award for Nonfiction, finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim e-book Prize, Embracing Defeat is John W. Dower's exceptional exam of Japan within the quick, shattering aftermath of worldwide struggle II.

Drawing on an unlimited variety of jap assets and illustrated with dozens of spectacular documentary pictures, Embracing Defeat is the fullest and most crucial background of the greater than six years of yank career, which affected each point of eastern society, frequently in methods neither part may expect. Dower, whom Stephen E. Ambrose has referred to as "America's most well known historian of the second one global battle within the Pacific," offers us the wealthy and turbulent interaction among West and East, the victor and the vanquished, in a fashion by no means ahead of tried, from top-level manipulations in regards to the destiny of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of guys and girls in each stroll of existence. Already considered as the benchmark in its box, Embracing Defeat is a piece of giant scholarship and background of the first actual order. John W. Dower is the Elting E. Morison Professor of heritage on the Massachusetts Institute of expertise. he's a winner of the nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award for War with no Mercy.

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After several seconds of silence, Hitler asked: “Why must there be war? ” The führer concluded his six-hour presentation with a ringing admonition: “Have no pity. Have a brutal attitude! 5 million troops and hundreds of panzers that had already been secretly deployed along the frontier. m. After Hitler dismissed his commanders, they departed with set and seemingly anxious faces. None had asked a single question or spoken a single word that might be construed as questioning the führer’s judgment.

Stephenson’s cover story was that he had to go to Sweden to look after his commercial interests there. The secondary cover for the benefit of German intelligence was that he had come to sabotage Oxelosund’s loading ramps and cranes to keep the iron ore from being shipped. Actually, the Canadian would be on the trail of heavy water, and try to learn what progress the Germans had made toward building an atomic bomb. As expected, German agents soon learned of Stephenson’s arrival in Stockholm. It seemed logical to the Nazis that the destruction of Oxelosund’s facilities would badly cripple the German arms industry.

The new leader of the world’s Catholics’ first public message, read to the princes of the Church in the Sistine Chapel, was one of peace. qxd 12/10/01 8:55 AM Page 24 24 Heading toward the Brink Holy Office’s historical role to remain neutral in political conflicts and to strive to keep mankind free from war. Only a month after Pope Pius XII had been elected, however, he was being bombarded by ordinary Catholics around the world, especially those in English-speaking nations, asking him to intervene in the quarrels in Europe to prevent a major conflict.

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