ONE LAST LOOK AROUND by Clark Lee
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ONE LAST LOOK AROUND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author of They Call It Pacific (Viking- 1943) with the most exciting and disturbing book on what is happening since V-J Day in the Pacific. This book is certain to be violently attacked in high places. The Navy wont like it (he is pretty iconoclastic in his revelations of the facts behind some of the claims, and bitter about the Navy's excess of interest in prestige and blindness to facts in the atomic age). The Army wont like it nor will the air force (Spaatz is one of his pet hates; Bedell-Smith he sizes up as the most irritating and irascible man of his acquaintance- who sacrifices vital men to his own prejudices; Mark Clark is another on whom the ax falls; and MacArthur, while Lee concedes his greatnesses, is a victim of his own love of the spotlight and the blind worship of his public relations officer, Col. Diller). What he saw in a ""last look around"" includes Tokyo, Shanghai, Siam, French Indo-China, Java, the Philippines, Singapore. He feels that we have sold out our right to respect and trust in backing the imperialistic designs of Britain, France, Holland. That we have betrayed our allies in the Philippines. That we have laid groundwork for a bitter-end struggle to get the white man out of Asia. That we have made it inevitable that Soviet Russia inherit what we threw away. An angry- and an absorbing book.

Pub Date: May 21st, 1947
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce