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 ebook Award in Nonfiction and the Los Angeles Times e-book Prize: “A thought-provoking . . . publication in regards to the approach occasions echo―and mis-echo―down the corridors of history.”―Financial Times

Over contemporary many years, John W. Dower, one among America’s preeminent historians, has addressed the roots and results of battle 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 international struggle II within the Pacific, as visible from either the japanese and the yankee aspects. Embracing Defeat (1999), winner of diverse honors together with the Pulitzer Prize and the nationwide ebook Award, handled Japan’s fight to begin over in a shattered land within the quick aftermath of the Pacific struggle, while the defeated state used to be occupied by way of the U.S.-led Allied powers.

Turning to an excellent greater canvas, Dower now examines the cultures of struggle printed by means of 4 strong events―Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, Sep 11, and the invasion of Iraq within the identify of a conflict on terror. The record of matters tested and topics explored is wide-ranging: disasters of intelligence and mind's eye, wars of selection and “strategic imbecilities,” faith-based secular considering in addition to extra openly holy wars, the concentrating 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 by means of aspect in strikingly unique ways.

some of 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 experience, and that finally transcend war-making on my own. 122 black-and-white illustrations

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