What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

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Re: What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

Post by Akira Takizawa » 25 Apr 2008 06:00

Peter H wrote:Coming out in October 2008,by Gordon Rottman:
It is the joint work of Gordon and me.

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Peter, where did you see this information? It has not yet been announced in Ospery site.

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Re: What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

Post by Peter H » 25 Apr 2008 07:06

Taki

I saw it mentioned here:

http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=138437

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Re: What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

Post by cstunts » 29 Apr 2008 21:15

Beware the work of Peter C. Smith, for whom quantity IS quality...These books, particularly in detailed matters of some of the lesser-known actions, are prone to factual inaccuracies. I am not slamming them, but they should only be used as source works with a brick of salt...The Egusa book a good case in point.

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Re: What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

Post by Peter H » 05 May 2008 07:14

Listen to the Voices from the Sea: Writings of the Fallen Japanese Students

http://wgordon.web.wesleyan.edu/kamikaz ... /index.htm
Kike Wadatsumi no Koe became an instant success, with about a quarter million copies being sold in a short time after its publication in 1949 . After many reprintings and a revised edition in 1959, over one and a half million copies had been sold through 1982..

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Re: What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

Post by Peter H » 08 May 2008 11:25

Coming out in July 2008:

Beyond Pearl Harbor by Ron Werneth

http://www.beyondpearlharbor.com/

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Re: What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

Post by sjchan » 05 Jun 2008 13:41

Just wondering whether there are Japanese magazines / journals devoted to WWII and / or Sino Japanese War ?

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Re: What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

Post by Akira Takizawa » 05 Jun 2008 14:06

sjchan wrote:Just wondering whether there are Japanese magazines / journals devoted to WWII and / or Sino Japanese War ?
There are some military magazines in Japan. But, they deal with general military affairs and none is devoted to WWII or Sino Japanese War.

Japanese military magazines
http://www.kojinsha.co.jp/maru/index.html
http://rekigun.net/magazine/index.html
http://gunken.jp/blog/
http://www.mhsj.org/db/db_index.html

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Re: What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

Post by gebhart099 » 15 Jun 2008 15:14

Kamikaze:Japan's Suicide Samurai by Raymond Lamont-Brown

The Records Of The Atomic Bombing In Nagasaki published by the Nagasaki international Cultural Hall (Atomic Bomb Materials Center) This slender volume, 64 pages, was given to me by a Seabee who picked it up while stationed in Japan in the '80s. Lots of photos, text in Japanese and English.

Zen And The Way Of The Sword by Winston L. King This is not specifically about WWII, but Chapter 9 The Samurai of the Twentieth Century touches on Japanese attitudes and behavior.

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Re: What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

Post by Imad » 16 Jul 2008 04:41

I just read Max Hastings' "Nemesis". I rather enjoyed the book. Has anyone else read it?

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Post by florida » 01 Sep 2008 04:43

"Japan's Imperial Conspiracy" by David Bergamini

don't be put off by thye "C" word....."strategy" would be a better term, these days.

two volumes in hardback, one really big paperback.

ties in the Imperial family to the War, and has an excellent general overview of the Imperial Family from c.1800 on to the post war era.

I've found it to be indespensable.

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Re: What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

Post by Rothaut » 17 Jan 2009 01:30

One of my favorite books on German strategy is B.H.Liddel Hart's, "The German Generals Talk". Can anyone point me to a similar book about the Japanese in WWII? I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
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Re: What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

Post by Peter H » 04 Feb 2009 10:10

Recommended reading on the evolution of modern Japanese cuisine,the military aspect greatly detailed.

Modern Japanese Cuisine Food, Power and National Identity Katarzyna Cwiertka

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/presssite ... key=211245

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Re: What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

Post by Peter H » 04 Feb 2009 10:45

Blossoms in the Wind: Human Legacies of the Kamikaze M.G.Sheftall

A well written and researched work.Dwells into what made a tokko volunteer.Also addresses the legacies of this approach to war.While the younger generation may have forgotten that their "forefathers crashed planes into ships for their country",enough of the older generation are still around to lament the loss.

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Re: What Books do you Think are Essential About WWII Japan?

Post by Peter H » 15 Mar 2009 07:49

Some excellent IJN books:

Kaigun : Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941
David Evans,Mark Peattie

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Peattie's follow up

Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909-1941

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