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KIRKUS REVIEW

A transatlantic sizing up of a mutual enemy not only argues for the late foe but also enters a lengthy complaint against American and British foreign policies first, military policy later. A concentrated survey of the rise of a westernized Japan, which justifies her later attitudes, precedes the examination of her attack on the United States (she was provoked into it) and of the degree of British preparation for a Pacific war; details the loss of British preeminence as a sea power as a result of the weakness of their decisive points. There is the sinking of the battleship, Prince of Wales, and of the battle cruiser, the Repulse the rout of Singapore, Malaya, Java and the Dutch East Indies, defended but defeated; the lessons taught concerning sea-air warfare; the price past history is costing us now. Churchill comes in for bitter comment, on the count of both action and decision and the total effect of near-defeat of the Allies on the Asiatic mind is given serious consideration. A controversial item, this, and capable of arousing heated argument.

Pub Date: Jan. 15th, 1951
Publisher: Macmillan