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Winners In Peace: Macarthur, Yoshida, And Postwar Japan
by Richard B. Finn
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Roger Dingman, Pacific Historical Review
"This book is the best in English on its subject. . . . The broad sweep of the narrative, the clarity of its organizing ideas, and piquancy of its anecdotes should make this book an instant success in the class or seminar room."
Janet Goff, Japan Quarterly
"Drawing copiously on primary sources, interviews, and contemporary press reports, this comprehensive study of the Occupation traces the shifting goals and the interplay of domestic and international forces that eventually produced liberal democratic institutions and a self-supporting economy, laying the groundwork for Japan's remarkable postwar renaissance."
Takeshi Igarashi, Journal of American History
"[An] ambitious and comprehensive study."
Singular for its breadth and balance, Winners in Peace chronicles the American Occupation of Japan, an episode that profoundly shaped the postwar world. Richard B. Finn, who participated in the Occupation as a young naval officer and diplomat, tells the full story of the activities from 1945 to 1952. He focuses on the two main actors, General Douglas MacArthur and Japanese Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida, and details the era's major events, programs, and personalities, both American and Japanese.
Finn draws on an impressive range of sources--American, Japanese, British, and Australian--including interviews with nearly one hundred participants in the Occupation. He describes the war crimes trials, constitutional reforms, and American efforts to rebuild Japan. The work of George Kennan in making political stability and economic recovery the top goals of the United States became critical in the face of the developing Cold War.
Winners in Peace will aid our understanding of Japan today--its economic growth, its style of government, and the strong pacifist spirit of its people.
About the Author
Richard B. Finn is Diplomat in Residence, American University. He was a United States Foreign Service officer in Japan from 1947 to 1954. About half of his thirty-two years in the State Department were devoted to work on Japan.
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