War without Mercy Race and Power in the Pacific War

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Pub. Date: 1987-02-12
Publisher(s): Pantheon
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Summary

Now in paperback, War Without Mercy has been hailed by the New York Times as "one of the most original and important books to be written about the war between Japan and the United States." In this monumental history, Professor John Dower reveals a hidden, explosive dimension of the Pacific War -- race -- while writing what John Toland has called "a landmark book...a powerful, moving, and even-handed history that is sorely needed in both America and Japan." Drawing on American and Japanese songs, slogans, cartoons, propaganda films, secret reports, and a wealth of other documents of the time, Dower opens up a whole new way of looking at that bitter struggle of four and a half decades ago and its ramifications in our lives today. As Edwin O. Reischauer, former ambassador to Japan, has pointed out, this book offers "a lesson that the postwar generations need most...with eloquence, crushing detail, and power."

Author Biography

JOHN W. DOWER, born in 1938, is the Henry Luce Professor of International Cooperation and Global Stability at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Empire and Aftermath: Yoshida Shigeru and the Japanese Experience, 1878–1954 and The Elements of Japanese Design, and is the editor of The Origins of the Japanese State: Selected Writings of E. H. Norman and coeditor of The Hiroshima Murals: The Art of Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Enemies
Patterns of a Race Warp. 3
"Know Your Enemy"p. 15
War Hates and War Crimesp. 33
The War in Western Eyes
Apes and Othersp. 77
Lesser Men and Supermenp. 94
Primitives, Children, Madmenp. 118
Yellow, Red, and Black Menp. 147
Illustrationsp. 181
The War in Japanese Eyes
The Pure Selfp. 203
The Demonic Otherp. 234
"Global Policy with the Yamato Race as Nucleus"p. 262
Epilogue
From War to Peacep. 293
Notesp. 319
Bibliographyp. 367
Picture Creditsp. 385
Indexp. 387
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