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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: September 2010 ISBN: 9781400189588
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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 U.S.-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 U.S. 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • An unrelenting, incisive, masterly comparative study. Kirkus Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 Oliver | 1/20/2012

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 May Khaw | 9/25/2011

    " Interesting, but not what I'm looking for right now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 63alfred | 9/28/2010

    " Good comparative history "

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About the Author
Author John W. Dower

John W. Dower is an author, professor, and historian. His book Embracing Defeat won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bancroft, and the Yamagata Banto Prize. In 2004, he was awarded the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award, in recognition of his decisive and influential contribution to the study of history.

About the Narrator

Kevin Foley has more than thirty years of experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded more than 150 audiobooks, including Storm Rising by Gary Naiman, The Last Witness by Joel Goldman, and River Thunder by Gary McCarthy, for which he earned a Spur Award for Best Audiobook from the Western Writers of America. He has also won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky.