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I have finally decided to give up on this book at page 530 (of a total of 688), i.e. at the end of World War II.JeroenPollentier wrote:I found this book on a flea market this morning:
Herbert P. Bix: Hirohito and the making of modern Japan
It's a hardcover edition in excellent condition and it only cost 1 Euro
I'll start reading it as soon as I have finished Christopher Clark's "Sleepwalkers"
Bix' Hirohito is not so much a biography of the emperor as a history of Japanese decision-making before and during the war.
It may be an interesting book for the scholar, for there is ample information and detail: which decision was made during which liason conference, Imperial Confererence, cabinet meeting, informal meeting; which Minister, Chief of the General Staff, advisor, aide-de-camp, member of the imperial family was present; how many drafts a new law went through; what different constitutional theories Hirohito was taught in his youth and by which teachers (all of them are described thoroughly)...
I have worked my way through many thick and tough books before, but I found this book simply too long and too tedious. It has its merits, but I wouldn't recommend it, especially not as a general introduction to Japan in WW2.
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It was recommended by one of the members but don't remember where.
HIGHLY recommend it. If you think you know just about everything there is to know
about what was happening in Berlin then its a must to read this book.
Its absolutely chocked full of really great info.
E.g. Page 80
Although Adolf Hitler and other Nazis are notoriously lacking in a sense of humor,
Field Marshal Hermann Goering pays five reichsmark to any one bringing him a new
joke about himself.