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Japan 1941

Countdown to Infamy
by Eri Hotta

 
This is a groundbreaking history that considers the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective.

When Japan launched hostilities against the United States in 1941, argues Eri Hotta, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a war they were almost certain to lose. Drawing on material little known to Western readers, and barely explored in depth in Japan itself, Hotta poses an essential question: Why did these men—military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor—put their country and its citizens so unnecessarily in harm’s way?




Hotta peels back seventy years of historical mythologizing—both Japanese and Western—to expose all-too-human Japanese leaders torn by doubt in the months preceding the attack, more concerned with saving face than saving lives, finally drawn into war as much by incompetence and lack of political will as by bellicosity.

An essential book for any student of the Second World War, this compelling reassessment will forever change the way we remember those days of infamy.
Japan 1941
Japan 1941
Countdown to Infamy
by Eri Hotta

Knopf, 2013
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