AUTHORGuillain, Robert
TITLEI Saw Tokyo Burning
CITYNew York, NY

This book covers the history of Japan during World War II from the perspective of a French journalist who spent the war in Tokyo. Guillain, who was assigned to Japan in 1938 and was not allowed to leave after the war broke out, based this account mainly on his papers and notes written during the war. He describes the outbreak of the war and bombing of Pearl Harbor, his first hand experiences in the bombing of Tokyo, Japan’s leaders, and several battles. He also writes about the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and the end of the war. The preface contrasts the militaristic Japan of those times with the modern, democratic post-war Japan.

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