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Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 - Max Hastings
Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
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Hailed in Britain as “Spectacular . . . Searingly powerful” (Andrew Roberts, The Sunday Telegraph), a riveting, impeccably informed chronicle of the final year of the Pacific war. In his critically acclaimed Armageddon, Hastings detailed the last twelve months of the struggle for Germany. Here,... show more
Hailed in Britain as “Spectacular . . . Searingly powerful” (Andrew Roberts, The Sunday Telegraph), a riveting, impeccably informed chronicle of the final year of the Pacific war. In his critically acclaimed Armageddon, Hastings detailed the last twelve months of the struggle for Germany. Here, in what can be considered a companion volume, he covers the horrific story of the war against Japan.By the summer of 1944 it was clear that Japan’s defeat was inevitable, but how the drive to victory would be achieved remained to be seen. The ensuing drama—that ended in Japan’s utter devastation—was acted out across the vast stage of Asia, with massive clashes of naval and air forces, fighting through jungles, and barbarities by an apparently incomprehensible foe. In recounting the saga of this time and place, Max Hastings gives us incisive portraits of the theater’s key figures—MacArthur, Nimitz, Mountbatten, Chiang Kai-shek, Mao, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. But he is equally adept in his portrayals of the ordinary soldiers and sailors—American, British, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese—caught in some of the war’s bloodiest campaigns.With unprecedented insight, Hastings discusses Japan’s war against China, now all but forgotten in the West, MacArthur’s follies in the Philippines, the Marines at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and the Soviet blitzkrieg in Manchuria. He analyzes the decision-making process that led to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—which, he convincingly argues, ultimately saved lives. Finally, he delves into the Japanese wartime mind-set, which caused an otherwise civilized society to carry out atrocities that haunt the nation to this day.Retribution is a brilliant telling of an epic conflict from a master military historian at the height of his powers.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307263513 (0307263517)
ASIN: 0307263517
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 656
Edition language: English
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5.0 Review: Retribution by Max Hastings
This was a fantastic book outlining the last years of the war against Japan at the close of World War II. Hastings is an outstanding military historian and I learned a great deal from this book. His writing style is unique in that it tells the story of the war by including literally hundreds of pr...
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5.0 Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
I'm beginning to think that Max Hastings is my favourite discovery of 2013. he is one of a tiny number of writers who writes amazing sentences, amazing paragraphs, amazing chapters, and then amazing complete works. three thick books-- the german front; japan; korean war, each one a priceless and pol...
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