Tag Archives: Japan

Book Review: Twilight Of The Gods

Twilight Of The Gods: War In The Western Pacific, 1944-1945,by In W. Toll This is the sort of book where I wish that the author had put the time and effort to name his chapters with the material covered. It … Continue reading

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Book Review: Retribution

Retribution: The Battle For Japan, 1944-45, by Max Hastings How much you appreciate this book will depend in large part upon the extent to which you appreciate the author’s editorializing as he talks about the last year or so of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Killing The Rising Sun

Killing The Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard If you are familiar with this series already [1], you know how this one works. We have a popular history and not a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pacific Air

Pacific Air: How Fearless Flyboys, Peerless Aircraft, And Fast Flattops Conquered The Skies In The War With Japan, by David Sears As far as World War II books go, this is a gripping one that seems tailor-made for a film … Continue reading

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Book Review: Midnight In The Pacific

Midnight In The Pacific: Guadalcanal: The World War II Battle That Turned The Tide Of War, by Joseph Wheelan This book gives a good case for studying the battle of Guadalcanal and its significance in World War II. The author … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tower Of Skulls

Tower Of Skulls: A History Of The Asia-Pacific War July 1937-May 1942, by Richard B. Frank This book, a weighty work of more than 500 pages of text, to say nothing of its massive endnotes, is a revisionist history, but … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bassanio, Or, The English Haiku

Bassanio, Or, The English Haiku, by H. J. Isaacson It is hard to know what to say about this book.  For one, perhaps the most notable aspect of the book is the way it is an immensely short book that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Railway Man

The Railway Man:  A POW’s Searing Account Of War, Brutality And Forgiveness, by Eric Lomax Although I did not consciously intend it to happen, this book makes for an interesting selection to read in light of the book I had … Continue reading

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Book Review: Last Man Out

Last Man Out:  Surviving The Burma-Thailand Death Railway:  A Memoir, by H. Robert Charles It is no exaggeration to say that the Japanese have not done a very good job at coming to terms with the horrors they inflicted on … Continue reading

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Book Review:The Essential Haiku

The Essential Haiku:  Versions Of Bashð, Buson, & Issa, edited by Robert Haas It takes a significant amount of cheek to create a book like this one, on several levels simultaneously.  For one, it takes a considerable amount of pride … Continue reading

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