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Japan At War : An Oral History - Haruko Taya Cook

Paperback Published: 1st October 1993
ISBN: 9781565840393
Number Of Pages: 496

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This work of oral history captures the remarkable story of ordinary Japanese people during World War II. Haruko Taya and Theodore Cook take readers from the Japanese attacks on China in the 1930s to the Japanese homefront during the inhuman raids on Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, offering glimpses of how this century's most violent conflict affected the lives of the Japanese population. Japan at War documents a huge range of experiences. In constructing this oral history, the authors encountered every form of human response: those who held to their principles, and those who gave in to opportunism, those who controlled events, and the majority who were powerless. Soldiers and sailors caught in the jungles of New Guinea and on the seas around the Philippines; unrepentent generals, as well as conscripts whose political or intellectual training made them unwilling participants in the horrors wrought by their country; Japanese newspapermen, film-makers, artists, cabaret dancers and diplomats: all speak candidly about their wartime experiences, adding a whole new dimension to our understanding of what the war actually meant to the Japanese people and transcending all the stereotypes of kamikaze pilots and human torpedoes.

Industry Reviews

"One of the essential books about World War II." -The Philadelphia Inquirer "The stories recorded in Japan at War provide insight into the confounding complexity of extreme human behavior during the war." -San Francisco Chronicle

"Hereafter no one will be able to think, write, or teach about the Pacific War without reference to [the Cooks'] work." —Marius B. Jansen, Princeton University

"Oral history of a compellingly high order." -Kirkus Reviews

"Informed, nuanced, manysided, vivid--an impressive achievement." —Ezra F. Vogel, Harvard University

Introduction to a Lost Warp. 3
An Undeclared Warp. 21
Battle Lines in Chinap. 29
A Village Boy Goes to Warp. 29
Pictures of an Expeditionp. 35
Qualifying as a Leaderp. 40
Gas Soldierp. 44
Toward a New Orderp. 47
"War means jobs for machinists."p. 47
"I wanted to build Greater East Asia."p. 50
Manchurian Daysp. 56
Dancing into the Nightp. 61
Bringing the Liberals to Heelp. 64
Have "Faith in Victory"p. 69
December 8, 1941p. 77
"My blood boiled at the news."p. 77
"I heard it on the radio."p. 78
On Admiral Yamamoto's Flagshipp. 81
In a Fighter Cockpit on the Soviet Borderp. 83
Sailing Southp. 86
A Failure of Diplomacyp. 90
Greater East Asiap. 95
Cartoons for the Warp. 95
Building the Burma-Siam Railroadp. 99
Keeping Order in the Indiesp. 105
"Korean Guard"p. 113
The Emperor's Warriorsp. 121
Maker of Soldiersp. 121
"As long as I don't fight, I'll make it home."p. 127
Zero Acep. 135
"Demons from the East"p. 145
Army Doctorp. 145
Spies and Banditsp. 151
Unit 731p. 158
Homelandp. 169
Life Goes Onp. 177
The End of a Bake Shopp. 177
Burdens of a Village Bridep. 181
Dressmakerp. 184
War Workp. 187
Making Balloon Bombsp. 187
Forced Laborp. 192
Poison-Gas Islandp. 199
Wielding Pen and Camerap. 203
Filming the Newsp. 203
War Correspondentp. 208
Reporting from Imperial General Headquartersp. 213
Against the Tidep. 221
Thought Criminalp. 222
"Isn't my brother one of the 'War Dead'?"p. 227
Childhoodp. 231
Playing at Warp. 231
Art and Entertainmentp. 240
"I loved American movies."p. 240
Star at the Moulin Rougep. 248
"We wouldn't paint war art."p. 253
Lost Battlesp. 259
The Slaughter of an Armyp. 267
The "Green Desert" of New Guineap. 267
Soldiers' Deathsp. 276
"Honorable Death" on Saipanp. 281
Sunken Fleetp. 293
Lifeboatp. 293
Transport Warp. 300
"Special Attack"p. 305
Volunteerp. 306
Human Torpedop. 313
Bride of a Kamikazep. 319
Requiemp. 327
"One Hundred Million Die Together"p. 337
The Burning Skiesp. 343
"Hiroko died because of me."p. 343
At the Telephone Exchangep. 349
The War Comes Home to Okinawap. 354
Student Nurses of the "Lily Corps"p. 354
"Now they call it 'Group Suicide.'"p. 363
Stragglerp. 367
In the Enemy's Handsp. 373
White Flagp. 373
"A Terrible New Weapon"p. 382
Eight Hundred Meters from the Hypocenterp. 384
A Korean in Hiroshimap. 387
Five Photographs of August 6p. 391
"Forgetting is a blessing."p. 395
The Unresolved Warp. 401
Reversals of Fortunep. 407
Flightp. 407
From Bandung to Starvation Islandp. 411
"The Army's been a good life."p. 416
Crimes and Punishmentsp. 420
Death Row at Changi Prisonp. 420
"They didn't tell me."p. 427
The Long Shadow of Deathp. 432
The Emperor's Retreatp. 432
"My boy never came home."p. 438
Reflectionsp. 441
Teaching Warp. 441
Meeting at Yasukuni Shrinep. 447
Lessonsp. 453
A Quest for Meaningp. 458
Endingsp. 462
Homecomingp. 462
The Face of the Enemyp. 468
Imperial Gifts for the War Deadp. 469
Royaltiesp. 471
"I learned about the war from Grandma."p. 472
The Occupiersp. 477
Back at the Beginningp. 478
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ISBN: 9781565840393
ISBN-10: 1565840399
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st October 1993
Publisher: The New Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition