Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq

Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq

John W. Dower


Finalist for the 2010 nationwide booklet Award in Nonfiction and the Los Angeles Times e-book Prize: “A thought-provoking . . . ebook concerning the method occasions echo―and mis-echo―down the corridors of history.”―Financial Times

Over contemporary a long time, John W. Dower, certainly one of America’s preeminent historians, has addressed the roots and results of warfare from a number of views. In War with no Mercy (1986), winner of the nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award, he defined and analyzed the brutality that attended global conflict II within the Pacific, as noticeable from either the japanese and the yankee aspects. Embracing Defeat (1999), winner of diverse honors together with the Pulitzer Prize and the nationwide publication Award, handled Japan’s fight to begin over in a shattered land within the fast aftermath of the Pacific conflict, while the defeated state used to be occupied by way of the U.S.-led Allied powers.

Turning to an excellent better canvas, Dower now examines the cultures of battle published by means of 4 strong events―Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, Sept. 11, and the invasion of Iraq within the identify of a struggle on terror. The checklist of concerns tested and topics explored is wide-ranging: mess ups of intelligence and mind's eye, wars of selection and “strategic imbecilities,” faith-based secular considering in addition to extra brazenly holy wars, the focusing on of noncombatants, and the just about impossible to resist logic―and allure―of mass destruction. Dower’s new paintings additionally units the U.S. occupations of Japan and Iraq facet through facet in strikingly unique ways.

probably the most vital books of this decade, Cultures of War deals comparative insights into person and institutional habit and pathologies that go beyond “cultures” within the extra conventional feel, and that finally transcend war-making by myself. 122 black-and-white illustrations

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