AUTHORHasegawa, Tsuyoshi
TITLERacing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan
PUBLISHERHarvard University Press
CITYCambridge, MA

This books integrates the histories of United States, the Soviet Union, and Japan to present a fresh perspective on the conclusion of World War II in the Pacific. A major premise of the book is that the atomic bombs were not as important in forcing the Japanese surrender as was the Soviet entry into the war. The author, a historian, focuses on three competitions: one between Stalin and Truman to obtain a Japanese surrender, one between the U.S. to use the atomic bomb and Russia for invasion of Japan, and finally the conflict in Japanese leadership between those who wanted to end the war and those who wanted to wage a final defense. The military and diplomatic strategies and tactics of the three nations are examined from the prewar years through World War II to the final surrender of Japan. Significant events discussed include the Yalta and Potsdam conferences, the Trinity atomic bomb test, the use of that weapon on Japan, and the Soviet invasion of Manchuria and the Kuril Islands. The volume contains extensive endnotes from Japanese, United States, and Soviet sources, some only recently released.

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