JAPAN'S MILITARY MASTERS: The Army In Japanese Life by Hillis Lory

JAPAN'S MILITARY MASTERS: The Army In Japanese Life

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There's no reassurance here, for those who underestimate Japan as an enemy, for those who believe that the Pacific war is just a subsidiary of the European, as a professor and long-time resident of Japan writes of the mentality, the tradition, and the martial indoctrination of the Japanese. Perhaps most terrifying is the fighting fanaticism of the Japanese, evolved through centuries rather than years, with their loyalty, obedience, courage, and cult of death rather than life. Lory outlines the formation of the Army, training and standards for officers and men; her supreme command; the army's close affiliation with politics, her autocratic role in state affairs, and -- after years of factionalism and discord -- her present omnipotence. Underrating Japan's warring potential as we have, Lory goes on to show how she is prepared to wage a long and exhaustive war, how she faces no shortage in either manpower or resources, how the prevalent notion of ""bombing her out of the war"" wont do, and how deeply established is her hatred of all white men. ""Fanatic, ruthless and wise in the art of war"", this is fully substantiated by Lory's appraisal. A book for background, largely, but one which merits attention and heed.

Pub Date: May 24th, 1943
Publisher: Viking