By John W. Dower
Finalist for the 2010 nationwide ebook Award in Nonfiction and the Los Angeles Times booklet Prize: “A thought-provoking . . . e-book concerning the manner occasions echo―and mis-echo―down the corridors of history.”―Financial Times
Over fresh many years, John W. Dower, one among America’s preeminent historians, has addressed the roots and effects of battle from a number of views. In War with out Mercy (1986), winner of the nationwide publication Critics Circle Award, he defined and analyzed the brutality that attended global battle II within the Pacific, as visible from either the japanese and the yankee facets. Embracing Defeat (1999), winner of diverse honors together with the Pulitzer Prize and the nationwide booklet Award, handled Japan’s fight to begin over in a shattered land within the fast aftermath of the Pacific conflict, while the defeated nation was once occupied via the U.S.-led Allied powers.
Turning to a fair better canvas, Dower now examines the cultures of battle published via 4 strong events―Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, Sept. 11, and the invasion of Iraq within the identify of a warfare on terror. The checklist of matters tested and subject matters 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 brazenly holy wars, the concentrating on of noncombatants, and the virtually 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 way of part 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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Fifty five Afghanistan bombing leaflet, October 2001. fifty six eastern “Should There Be Air Raids” poster. fifty seven Mushroom cloud over Hiroshima. fifty eight Crossroad within the Hiroshima desert. fifty nine Mushroom cloud over Nagasaki. 60 The nuclear barren region close to the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki. sixty one Trinity: The early fireball at . 025 moment. sixty two The fireball at . 090 moment. sixty three Mushroom cloud forming at 2 seconds. sixty four The mushroom cloud at 10 seconds. sixty five Buna seashore: existence magazine’s step forward photo, September 1943. sixty six disguise of the April nine, 1945, factor of lifestyles, with W. Eugene Smith’s Iwo Jima picture. sixty seven Six kamikaze pilots pose for a portrait earlier than departing on their missions. sixty eight A kamikaze approximately to hit the USS Missouri. sixty nine A kamikaze bursts into flame upon impressive the USS Intrepid. 70 U. S. sailors killed by means of a kamikaze being buried at sea. seventy one “The gadget”: The Trinity bomb simply sooner than detonation. seventy two J. Robert Oppenheimer and normal Leslie Groves at floor 0 of the Trinity explosion. seventy three Oak Ridge, Tennessee: The X-10 graphite reactor. seventy four Oak Ridge: The K-25 gaseous diffusion plant. seventy five Hanford, Washington: The B reactor plant for generating plutonium. seventy six Oak Ridge: Y-12 calutron operators. seventy seven Oak Ridge: calutron “racetrack” for uranium separation. seventy eight “Stay at the task till each murdering japanese is burnt up! ” seventy nine Injured mom and son in Hiroshima, October 1945. eighty mom and baby in Hiroshima ruins, December 1945. eighty one mom and baby clutching rice balls in Nagasaki, August 10, 1945. eighty two August 19, 1945: jap envoys contact down within the Ryukyu Islands en path to Manila. eighty three August 30, 1945: common MacArthur arrives at Atsugi airfield. eighty four September 29, 1945: MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito, facet via facet. eighty five GI allotting sweet from his jeep, September 1945. 86 Bicycle-riding U. S. sailor with a parasol, August 1945. 87 Bicycle-riding U. S. soldier with a female friend, January 1946. 88 Musical kitsch in Tokyo, January 1946. 89 existence magazine’s “Tokyo Romance,” April 1947. ninety Alfred Eisenstaedt and picturesque Japan, January 1946. ninety one Alfred Eisenstaedt and female Japan, February 1946. ninety two U. S. military artwork: vital Japan, 1946. ninety three U. S. military paintings: In a Temple backyard, 1947. ninety four Japan’s formal give up aboard the USS Missouri, September 2, 1945. ninety five “Mission finished” banner at the USS Abraham Lincoln, might 1, 2003. ninety six President Bush and flight-deck team, may perhaps 1, 2003. ninety seven Antiterrorism rally in Baghdad, December 2003. ninety eight Sunni Muslims protest the yank presence, 2003. ninety nine Iraqis have fun a roadside bomb that killed U. S. squaddies, January 2004. a hundred Militants organize for conflict with U. S. forces, August 2003. one zero one Policeman killed by means of a suicide bomber, February 2004. 102 Funeral for slain Sunni Arabs, July 2005. 103 foreign army Tribunal for the a ways East. 104 Trial of Saddam Hussein. one hundred and five Trial of basic Tomoyuki Yamashita. 106 The Abu Ghraib torture scandal in Iraqi eyes. 107 Abu Ghraib in Iranian eyes. 108 Allied POWs liberated in Aomori, Japan, August 1945. 109 Emaciated American POWs liberated in Manila, February 1945. a hundred and ten jap POWs take heed to the emperor’s declaration of capitulation, August 1945.