AUTHORManning, Paul
TITLEHirohito: The War Years
CITYNew York, NY

World War II frontline reporter Paul Manning wrote this account of Emperor Hirohito’s life during the war years. Using archives, minutes, excerpts from the diaries of Hirohito’s close aides, and eyewitness accounts, the author takes the reader from prewar Japan to the attack on Pearl Harbor to the fire-bombing of Tokyo and finally to the surrender and occupation of Japan, documenting Hirohito’s part in the events throughout. The book discusses in depth the emperor’s crucial role in military decision making and also explores his close relationship with General Douglas MacArthur. It includes appendices on the Operation Olympic invasion plan, the Potsdam Declaration, and the principal individuals surrounding both Hirohito and MacArthur.

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