MY LIFE WITH THE ENEMY by Phyllis Argall


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A personal story of internment and release from the Japanese which is much more of a book than most of these have been -- and also a level, informed appraisal of Japan by a woman who lived there for more than 20 years, first as a missionary, later as foreign correspondent and editor. Phyllis Argall went to Okyama in 1916 as the niece of a missionary; in later years she returned to head up a mission school in Formosa, she dealt with ignorance and disease, and finally was forced out in the conflict between Christ and Hirohite and more and more Japanese demands. She went to Tokyo where she became managing editor of the outspoken weekly, Japan News Week, and for years tight-rope-walker between suppression and suspension. She comments on inside Japan, the ruling militarists, the nature of the Japanese -- tough, resourceful, merciless, a fighter and a fanatic whose only criterion of conduct is the good of the Empire; the buildup to Pearl Harbor, and finally war, arrest, imprisonment and inquisition as a ""spy"", and her return on the Gripsholm. Alert, enlightening reading, which blends the personal with the international aspects.

Pub Date: Jan. 25th, 1943
Publisher: Macmillan