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
seventy years of historical mythologizing—both
Japanese and Western—to expose all-too-human Japanese leaders
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.
Countdown to Infamy
by Eri Hotta
and discuss this title with the Outrider