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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (73 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John W. Dower Narrator: Kevin Foley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Over recent decades, John W. Dower, one of America’s preeminent historians, has addressed the roots and consequences of war from multiple perspectives. In War Without Mercy, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, he described and analyzed the brutality that attended World War II in the Pacific, as seen from both the Japanese and the American sides. Embracing Defeat, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, dealt with Japan’s struggle to start over in a shattered land in the immediate aftermath of the Pacific War, when the defeated country was occupied by the US-led Allied powers.

Turning to an even larger canvas, Dower now examines the cultures of war revealed by four powerful events—Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9/11, and the invasion of Iraq in the name of a war on terror. The list of issues examined and themes explored is wide-ranging: failures of intelligence and imagination, wars of choice and “strategic imbecilities,” faith-based secular thinking as well as more overtly holy wars, the targeting of noncombatants, and the almost irresistible logic—and allure—of mass destruction. Dower’s new work also sets the United States occupations of Japan and Iraq side by side in strikingly original ways.

One of the most important books of this decade, Cultures of War offers comparative insights into individual and institutional behavior and pathologies that transcend “cultures” in the more traditional sense and that ultimately go beyond war-making alone.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Philip | 7/18/2013

    " The sort of book I would like to be able to write in 2o years' time ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Martin | 5/27/2013

    " The most important book I read in 2011. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by William | 5/12/2012

    " Not a bad book but also a flawed analysis of the subject matter. Overall I wasnt impressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Oliver | 1/20/2012

    " I knew most of the Iraq analysis. We're too close or the information is permanently lost. "

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