John W. Dower

John W. Dower is an American historian, author, and professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is known for his expertise in Japanese history and U.S.-Japan relations, and has written several influential books on these subjects, including 'Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II,' which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.


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  1. 1. War Without Mercy

    This book provides a detailed analysis of the racial aspects that influenced the Pacific War during World War II. It explores the racial stereotypes, propaganda, and policies that were used by both the United States and Japan, and how these factors contributed to the extreme violence and hatred that characterized the conflict. The book also examines the impact of these racial attitudes on the post-war relations between the two countries.

    The 4809th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

    This book provides a detailed exploration of Japan following World War II, focusing on the country's defeat and subsequent occupation by Allied forces. It delves into the profound changes in Japanese society, politics, and culture during this period. The narrative captures the struggles of ordinary Japanese people, their feelings of guilt and shame, as well as their efforts to rebuild their lives and nation. It also examines the role of the United States in shaping post-war Japan, highlighting the complexities and contradictions of this transformative era.

    The 10610th Greatest Book of All Time