By John W. Dower
Finalist for the 2010 nationwide booklet Award in Nonfiction: The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian returns with a groundbreaking comparative research of the dynamics and pathologies of conflict in glossy times.
Over contemporary a long time, John W. Dower, one in every of America’s preeminent historians, has addressed the roots and outcomes of conflict 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 international conflict II within the Pacific, as obvious from either the japanese and the yankee aspects. Embracing Defeat (1999), winner of diverse honors together with the Pulitzer Prize and the nationwide publication Award, handled Japan’s fight to begin over in a shattered land within the speedy aftermath of the Pacific battle, while the defeated nation used to be occupied by way of the U.S.-led Allied powers.
Turning to a good better canvas, Dower now examines the cultures of conflict printed through 4 robust events―Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, Sep 11, and the invasion of Iraq within the identify of a struggle on terror. The record of concerns tested and issues 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 openly holy wars, the concentrating on of noncombatants, and the just about impossible to resist logic―and allure―of mass destruction. Dower’s new paintings additionally units the U.S. occupations of Japan and Iraq aspect via facet in strikingly unique ways.
probably the most very important books of this decade, Cultures of War bargains comparative insights into person and institutional habit and pathologies that go beyond “cultures” within the extra conventional feel, and that finally transcend war-making on my own. 122 black-and-white illustrations