Edward Behr Hirohito: Behind the Myth

ISBN 13: 9780517078990

Hirohito: Behind the Myth

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9780517078990: Hirohito: Behind the Myth

A biography of Japan's Emperor, the man who started an extraordinary period in history. The work covers the period prior to 1939, World War II and the post-war reconstruction of Japan.

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The late emperor Hirohito has been the subject of several biographies, notably David Bergamini's Japan's Imperial Conspiracy (LJ 12/15/71) and Leonard Mosley's Hirohito: Emperor of Japan (LJ 6/15/66). The life and times of Hirohito remain controversial, however, and there is ample need for an ongoing reassessment by responsible writers. Behr, a Newsweek correspondent, presents a well-researched (though in English-language sources only) study that provides a fascinating and probing look at the life of the 20th century's longest-reigning monarch. Behr argues that a generation of Hirohito apologists have propagated the notion that Hirohito was a "peace-loving puppet" who didn't know what his generals and ministers were up to in the 1930s and 1940s; Behr's intention is to "restore the balance." The result, however, is not "balance" but a lawyer's brief for the prosecution.
- John Boyle, California State Univ., Chico
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

"Armed with new evidence, Behr convincingly argues that Hirohito, far from being an innocent tool of the Japanese military, actually sanctioned military expansionism in the 1930s; did little to reverse a tendency toward battlefield confrontation with the U.S.; was fully informed of preparations for the attack on Pearl Harbor; and, in fact, presided over the war to the end," argued PW. Photos.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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