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American Shogun

Robert Harvey

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ISBN 10: 0719564840 / ISBN 13: 9780719564840
Published by London : John Murray Publishers, 2006
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: American Shogun

Publisher: London : John Murray Publishers

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition - may be Reissue.

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From the mid-nineteenth century on, America and Japan were caught in an extraordinary political, military and ecomic duel. This clash was characterised by a cultural incompatibility that was to haunt the negotiations of their two leaders, Emperor Hirohito and General MacArthur.Hirohito was a remarkable man. Diffident, uncharismatic and apparently obtuse

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In the years and months leading up to Pearl Harbor, Japan was becoming the most industrialized state in Asia as well as the repository of a feudal heritage that fueled imperial ambitions of conquest and hegemony. Across the Pacific, the United States was emerging from the depression and again growing into its role as a global power. Today's partnership between modern Japan--now Asia's most well-developed democracy--and the United States--the world's sole superpower--was forged by the confrontation, and finally the reconciliation, of these two competing agendas and cultures in WWII, personified by two men: General Douglas MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito.

MacArthur, the brilliant and often arrogant American maverick who was elevated to the level of popular hero and policy maker, and Hirohito, the passive intellectual heir considered a divinity by his people, seem at the outset the most unlikely enemies in war, let alone partners in peace. Under Harvey's scrutiny, however, these superficial characterizations give way to a much more nuanced narrative as well as a revealing portrait of these extraordinary figures.

American Shogun delivers a remarkable account of the vast divide that led to war, and to the unforeseen commonality that helped develop a lasting peace.

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