Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 2000
National Book Award, Nonfiction, 1999In this illuminating study, Dower explores the ways in which the shattering defeat of the Japanese in World War II, followed by over six years of American military occupation, affected every level of Japanese society. He describes the countless ways in which the Japanese met the challenge of "starting over", from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes, fears, and activities of ordinary men and women in every walk of life. He shows us the intense and turbulent interplay of conqueror and conquered, West and East, in a way no Western historian has done before.
This is a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary moment in history, when new values warred with the old, and early ideals of demilitarization and radical reform were soon challenged by the United States' decision to incorporate Japan into the Cold War Pax Americana.
- Winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Non-Fiction
"A magisterial and beautifully written book....A pleasure to read." (New York Times)
"An extraordinarily illuminating book....Surely the most significant work to date on the postwar era in Japan." (Wall Street Journal)
"The writing of history doesn't get much better than this....[Dower] deftly situates the political story within a rich cultural context....The book is most remarkable, however, for the way Dower judiciously explores the complex moral and political issues....Dazzling." (Publishers Weekly)
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- J. Fischer
Stone interesting facts, but no great (audio)book
Overall too long winded and too much details in places, while superficial in others. Of course this is subjective but I'd rather learned more about how the economic miracle was achieved then another story about how scap saved the emperor. The performance of the narrator is quite bad, he mispronounces "diet" and most Japanese names and also reads like a robot. Even the chapter endings don't get a small pause.