Neutral War: A Novel of Soul-Chilling Barter, Bioterror, and High-Stakes International Poker

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Neutral War is a compelling novel of World War II, based on historical incidents and characters, including Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the Harvard man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Unit 731, the secret Japanese army germ and chemical warfare operation responsible for gruesome human experimentation, and for using the weapons that resulted from this evil in the cause of the Japanese empire.

The war wasn't merely a black-and-white saga of the good fighting the bad. Sweden bought and maintained its "neutrality" by providing the Nazis with a mighty river of top-quality steel -- the steel that went into the top-quality weapons that allowed the Nazis to surge forward and conquer Europe. Switzerland bought its neutrality by financing the Nazi war effort, often with the money of Jewish victims of that effort. America was not so pure, either: FDR enticed the bumbling Japanese leaders into attacking a purposely undefended Pearl Harbor. And at war's end almost all the real war criminals in Japan -- those who developed and used chemical and germ warfare instruments of mass destruction -- were quietly pardoned and recruited into U.S. weapons programs. Their knowledge ultimately formed the basis for the biological weapons programs of the U.S., the Soviet Union, and, ever since, all the countries in between that have not been able to resist the lure of cheap weaponry.

Neutral War explores the war from the viewpoint of a Swedish diplomat stationed in Tokyo, walking the thin, dangerous line between helping the Allies (who didn't really want the help) and trying not to further endanger his own country and the people of good heart he encounters along the way in performing his duties.

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Neutral War is a compelling novel of World War II based on historical incidents and characters. It explores the war from the viewpoint of a Swedish diplomat stationed in Tokyo, walking the thin, dangerous line between secretly helping the Allies (who didn't really want the help) and trying not to further endanger his own country and the Japanese, European, and American people of good heart he encounters along the way.
Sweden in desperation bought and maintained its "neutrality" by providing the Nazis with fine steel - the top-quality steel that went into the superior weapons that allowed the Nazis to surge forward and conquer Europe. America was not so pure, either. FDR enticed the bumbling Japanese leaders into attacking a purposely undefended Pearl Harbor. And at war's end almost all the real war criminals in Japan - those who developed and used chemical and germ warfare instruments of mass destruction - were quietly pardoned and recruited into U.S. weapons programs. Their knowledge ultimately formed the basis for the biological weapons programs of the U.S., the Soviet Union, and, ever since, all the countries in between that have not been able to resist the Pandora's box of cheap and devastating weaponry.
Neutral War is a gripping story of failure: failure to stop the war; failure to end the war quickly; failure to achieve justice and real peace in its aftermath, and ultimately failure to reign in the terror of biochemical warfare. Neutral War is also the story of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, whose fatalistic career was intimately entwined with his experiences in the United States, and the many Japanese who opposed the Imperial Army's insane quest for dominance of Asia and the Pacific - all the while slogging on, performing their futile duty to emperor and nation.

About the Author:

Hal Gold, a thirty-year resident of Japan, is the author of Japan in a Sake Cup and Unit 731 Testimony, as well as two books written in Japanese and dealing with modern Japanese culture. He lives in Kyoto, where he works as a journalist and columnist.

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