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Japan at war (World War II) Hardcover – 1980
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As is true of all Time-Life books, the text is accompanied by exceptional photographs rarely seen in other sources. You truly sense the tragic lives of the Japanese during this incredibly difficult time as you see picture after picture of daily life.
The one thing that keeps me from giving this book 5 stars is its unexplained termination before the dropping of the A-bombs. We see the situation in Japan growing worse and worse, and are introduced to the political shilly shallying that went on as the government's peace advocates jockeyed for position in opposition to the war-crazy militarists, while the entire nation prepared for immolation in an American invation. At this point, the book ends, with no explanation of what came next, of how the dropping of the bombs forced Japan to submit, and of what the effects of those bombs were. We are told about what happened under the ceaseless firebombing of Tokyo, Osaka, and other cities, but not a word is written about Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Perhaps Time-Life treated this in another volume; it would have been helpful, however, if a coda of some sort informed the reader of this.