AUTHORBrooks, Lester
TITLEBehind Japan's Surrender: The Secret Struggle that Ended an Empire
PUBLISHERMcGraw-Hill Publishing Company
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1968
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This book explores the struggle among Japan’s leaders at the close of World War II. It covers the drama that unfolded in Tokyo between August 6th, the day of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and August 14th, the day of final surrender. It shows how Japan’s decision to surrender came about, with Emperor Hirohito and Admiral Suzuki as the main characters. Japan’s army extremists favored “80 million deaths of honor” rather than surrender, and moderates argued for one great battle on the beaches to make surrender on terms a more viable option. Hirohito overruled all, however, and decided to end the bloodshed and suffering of his people. Brooks examines the complexity of Japan’s regime and explains the dynamics of its leadership in the final days of World War II. Fumihiko Togo, son of Foreign Minister Togo, writes a foreword explaining the surrender, and endorsing the research.


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