BEHIND THE FACE OF JAPAN by Opton Closs

BEHIND THE FACE OF JAPAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

N H C commentator from the West Coast, expert on the Pacific front, Close could justifiably feal ""I told you so --if you had only listened then !"" For here is evidence in this revision of his book Challenge, published in 1934 by Farrar & Rinehart, that he sensed what was coming, unless something was done and done speedily. He recognized that the end of the white control in the Far East was coming -- and that it might and in violence. He goes now that we must accept that inevitability, or this war will not he the last war with Japan, no matter who wins. Rereading the text, I find it a more serious and deeper cutting analysis than it seemed at the time. Particularly revealing are the portraits of the leaders who have made Japan what she is, and these are facts that Occidentals should know, for Japan's great men have -- in many instances paralleled or excelled their prototypes in Western civilizations. They include warriors, industrialists, financiers, scientists -- and they show, one and all, an indomitable will to win that characterizes the training and spirit of a whole people. Very little additional material has been necessary; Japan was there, in 1934. The book is not easy reading; it is sometimes overburdened with difficult names, confusing history, a record of a mentality that we do not recognize. But it is an important book, and cuts deeper than most of the facile skimmings of travelers.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1942
Publisher: Appleton-Century