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Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeIn this groundbreaking biography of the Japanese emperor Hirohito Herbert P Bix offers the first complete unvarnished look at the enigmatic leader whose sixty three year reign ushered Japan into the modern world Never before has the full life of this controversial figure been revealed with such clarity and vividness Bix shows what it was like to be trained from birth for a lone position at the apex of the nations political hierarchy and as a revered symbol of divine status Influenced by an unusual combination of the Japanese imperial tradition and a modern scientific worldview the young emperor gradually evolves into his preeminent role aligning himself with the growing ultranationalist movement perpetuating a cult of religious emperor worship resisting attempts to curb his power and all the while burnishing his image as a reluctant passive monarch Here we see Hirohito as he truly was a man of strong will and real authoritySupported by a vast array of previously untapped primary documents Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan is p I spent a little over three years in Japan in the US Air Force 1969 1972 While I was there I read many books about Japanese history as well as some of their popular fiction translated into English and found them to be uite fascinating This book by Herbert P Bix has been on my list for a while because of the topic as well as the author's credentials and I finally read it All I can say is it was very thoroughly researched well written and I learned a lot about the Emperor's part in the events of WWII as well as why Japanese society is the way it is today Once I got into the book a bit momentum took over and it was hard to put down not because it was like a thriller but because I just kept wanting to learn I can highly recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII Japanese history or Emperor Hirohito A lot of the mystery is dispelled and based on letters notes diaries etc of those around him It was a great read

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Hirohito And The Making Of Modern JapanD to justify the retention of Hirohito as emperor by whitewashing his wartime role and reshaping the historical consciousness of the Japanese people The key to this strategy was Hirohitos alliance with General MacArthur who helped him maintain his stature and shed his militaristic image while MacArthur used the emperor as a figurehead to assist him in converting Japan into a peaceful nation Their partnership ensured that the emperors image would loom large over the postwar years and later decades as Japan began to make its way in the modern age and struggled as it still does to come to terms with its pastUntil the very end of a career that embodied the conflicting aims of Japans development as a nation Hirohito remained preoccupied with politics and with his place in history Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan provides the definitive account of his rich life and legacy Meticulously researched and utterly engaging this book is proof that the history of twentieth century Japan cannot be understood apart from the life of its most remarkable and enduring leade Excellent to begin with but it does fade as the book progresses

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kindle à Hirohito And The Making Of Modern Japan × Paperback µ [EPUB] ✶ Hirohito And The Making Of Modern Japan Author Join or create book clubs – Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeIn this groundbreaking biography of the Japanese emperor Hirohito Herbert P Bix offers the firstErhaps most illuminating in lifting the veil on the mythology surrounding the emperors impact on the world stage Focusing closely on Hirohitos interactions with his advisers and successive Japanese governments Bix sheds new light on the causes of the China War in 1937 and the start of the Asia Pacific War in 1941 And while conventional wisdom has had it that the nations increasing foreign aggression was driven and maintained not by the emperor but by an elite group of Japanese militarists the reality as witnessed here is uite different Bix documents in detail the strong decisive role Hirohito played in wartime operations from the takeover of Manchuria in 1931 through the attack on Pearl Harbor and ultimately the fateful decision in 1945 to accede to an unconditional surrender In fact the emperor stubbornly prolonged the war effort and then used the horrifying bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki together with the Soviet entrance into the war as his exit strategy from a no win situation From the moment of capitulation we see how American and Japanese leaders move I was born in 1938 and have good recollections of our nation at war In 1964 I was the medical officer on a Navy ship in Guam and the following year my wife and I spent three weeks in Japan I didn't know that in 1963 Herbet Bix was an American Naval officer stationed in Yakusuka where he met a Japanese girl married her then became a university professor teaching in both Japan and in the USAI had read a lot about our Naval War in the Pacific and Guam still had many war scars and at least one Japanese holdout in the booniesI had also read that allowing Hirohito to remain emperor in Japan was tandamount to allowing Hitler to remain chancellor in Germany after the warBut this is the first book I've read written which describes the Japanese view of the war Hirohito was a fascist dictator just like Hitler Stalin or Mussolini but due to the pragmatic views of MacArthur and the other allies he was allowed to spread the notion he had always been a pacifist and that he like the Japanese people at large were only passive victims of the militaristsHirohito is now long dead but the issue of war guilt is still very much alive We live in rapidly changing times and this book is an excellent preparation for seeing what will happen next