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By Haruko Taya Cook, Theodore F. Cook

A well timed 15th Anniversary reissue of a "deeply relocating book" (Studs Terkel) that portrays the japanese event in the course of global battle II in all its complexity.

Following the discharge of Clint Eastwood's epic movie Letters from Iwo Jima, which was once nominated for the Oscar for most sensible photograph, there was a renewed fascination and curiosity within the jap standpoint on international struggle II. This pathbreaking paintings of oral heritage is the 1st ebook ever to capture—in both eastern or English—the event of normal jap humans through the war.

In a sweeping landscape, Haruko Taya cook dinner and Theodore F. cook dinner take us from the japanese assaults on China within the Thirties to the japanese domestic entrance in the course of the inhuman raids on Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, providing the 1st glimpses of the way the 20th century's most threatening clash affected the lives of the japanese inhabitants. The ebook "seeks out the genuine emotions of the wartime iteration [and] illuminates the contradictions among the authentic perspectives of the conflict and residing testimony" (Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan).

Japan at struggle is a booklet to which americans and jap will proceed to show for many years to return. With greater than 30,000 copies offered thus far, this new paperback variation beneficial properties an up-to-date hide designed to attract a brand new iteration of readers.

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The tables were well-supplied with appetizers, and the first bottles of beer and BireIey's orange soda were just being opened as the chainnan, Dr. Wakamatsu Hitoshi, rose to convene the meeting. He assured the group that he had fully recovered from pacemaker implantation, and then spoke of two men who had passed away since their last meeting, and of one other who was unable to attend because of illness. " and everyone plunged into dinner. Conversation bubbled up about travels made, grandchildren born, and children promoted.

Women, espeCially young girls, were prime targets. The Japanese pioneers built walls around their villages to keep the bandits out. Their fields were beyond the wall. Though some places had their own independent garrisons, we in the army were supposed to provide security so that the people could live in peace. But China is a vast country, wider than you can imagine. We marched and marched from valley to mountain. Marching was our job. We'd go out for about a month at a time, rest for a month BATILE LINES IN CHINA / 31 or two, then go out again.

That night I realized I was not self-conscious at all in front of them. I didn't even find their eyes evil anymore. I felt I was looking down on them. Later, when the National Defense Women's Association welcomed us in Manchuria, they mentioned to me that they had never seen men with such evil eyes. I no longer even noticed. Everybody becomes bloodthirsty on the battlefield. The men received their baptism of blood when they went into combat. They were victimizers. I jOined them by killing a prisoner.

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