Why the Japanese Lost: The Red Sun's Setting Hardcover – 9 Jun 2014
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About the Author
Bryan Perrett was educated at Liverpool College. He served in the Royal Tank Regiment and was awarded the Territorial Decoration. A professional military historian for many years, his books include A History of the Blitzkrieg and Knights of the Black Cross - Hitler's Panzerwaffe and its Leaders. His treatise Desert Warfare was widely consulted during the Gulf War. His most recent works, including Last Stand!, At All Costs! and Against all Odds! examine aspects of motivation. During the Falklands and Gulf Wars Bryan Perrett served as Defense Correspondent to the Liverpool Echo. He is the author of The Hunters and the Hunted (2012) and Why the Germans Lost (2013), both published by Pen and Sword Books.
Top Customer Reviews
The title of this book at least implies some analysis of why the Japanese lost the Second World War, but you will not find that here. What you will get is a fast-paced, competently-written, but very selective, narrative account of Japanese military history. It concentrates on naval actions, such as Tsushima and Leyte Gulf, but it does not even pretend to be an overall or detailed analysis of the causes of Japanese defeat. It perhaps should simply have been titled `The Japanese Lost!' There is little analysis and no new information nor insight to be found here. The text is not troubled with footnotes. There is a very brief bibliography of secondary works which, if you were to read them all, might enable you to write a very similar book to this.
I can see that the author will have profited from this exercise; I am equally sure that the sausage-machine that is Pen & Sword Military will be happy with its product, but I cannot see that this book will be of much use to anyone else. It certainly wasn't to me, and therefore I cannot recommend it in any way.
Barnsley, Pen & Sword Military 2014
234 pp ISBN 978 1 78159 198 7 (hbk)
As I have a particular interest in the Second World War in South East Asia, when I saw this title, I was excited and looking forward to reviewing this book; sadly I am disappointed. I have some other books by this author, and in particular I am impressed with ‘Tank Tracks to Rangoon’, which I find well researched and well written, so I am aware of his provenance.
The book’s insert states how the book ‘dissects, analyses and endeavours to explain the root causes and pivotal decisions that led to defeat’, but to me it falls short of that intention. The first chapter begins in the middle ages and then covers a conflict in 1853. The second chapter explains the development of the Japanese Navy and is interesting and informative, with the next chapter on the defeat of the Russian Navy in 1904 in some detail. However, the Japanese invasion of Manchuria is covered in just a couple of paragraphs on page 78, and the outbreak of war with China is similarly glossed over.
The book does cover the attack on Pearl Harbor well and I found this interesting, but to me the key point is missed that, taking account of the International Date Line, the Japanese Army invaded Malaya before Pearl Harbor and then attacked Hong Kong, The Netherland East Indies, Burma and the Philippines. There is no mention of the reliance of the Japanese economy on oil from the U.S.A., and how it can be argued sanctions pushed Japan into conflict with the U.S.A., U.K. and the Netherlands East Indies. The rest of the book is dedicated to the naval warfare in the Pacific, which it covers well and in some depth.Read more ›
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Perhaps it is because I recently read Churchill's book, While England Slept, an account of Winston's time in the British House of Commons, warning again and again of the dangers of German rearmament without Britain following suit. I also read John F. Kennedy's book Why England Slept. Both of these left me with a clear understand of England's delay in preparing for WWII and the climate that almost brought them to their knees.
I would have like to see more treatment of the political climate in Japan, her motivations for war, and more about overall strategy. I would ask for a refund but that is probably unfair since I did struggle through it.