Search Results: "John W. Dower"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"An unrelenting, incisive, masterly comparative study."
Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning historian Dower (Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, 1999, etc.) draws astute ironies between Pearl Harbor and 9/11 in terms of the overweening arrogance of military superpowers. Read full book review >

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JAPAN IN WAR AND PEACE by John W. Dower
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Challenging views of a land whose industrial and sociopolitical institutions may well defy conventional analysis. (Profusely illustrated throughout with line drawings, stills from propaganda films, political cartoons, and posters, as well as a wealth of tabular material)"
Here, Dower (War Without Mercy, 1986, etc.) offers a collection of essays on Japan and its complex relations with the US over the past half century—a period that roughly corresponds to the reign of Emperor Hirohito. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"A turning point in Japanese history, illuminated through diligent research and piercing insight. (80 b&w photos)"
An NBCC award winner and expert in the modern history of Japan, Dower (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology; Japan in War and Peace, 1994; War Without Mercy, 1986) absorbingly explains how American forces imposed a revolution from above in six years of occupation that transformed imperial Japan into a democracy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Scrupulously researched and bravely presented scholarship."
A series of astute academic essays on the forging of postwar Japan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNDER THE BLUE PENNANT by John W. Grattan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 1999

"A welcome addition to our knowledge about the lives of men who served in the Civil War. (45 photos, 5 maps, not seen)"
While researching another book, historian Schneller (A Quest for Glory: A Biography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren, not reviewed) discovered this never-before-published memoir of a young officer's experience in the Union navy. Read full book review >

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YOUNG WIDOWER by John W. Evans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"An urgent, palpably emotional account of coping with extreme grief."
Wallace Stegner fellow Evans (Creative Writing/Stanford Univ.) mourns the untimely death of his wife. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1990

Other illustrators (notably Galdone) have responded to this playful 1909 expansion of the familiar nursery rhyme, but Chess brings to it her unique mischievous humor and impeccable sense of design. Read full book review >

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CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE by John W. Dennehy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2016

"A colorful and captivating time-travel adventure with fearsome creatures."
A punk rocker wakes up in a Victorian world where unusual beasts plague Boston—still under British rule—in this debut steampunk thriller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2014

"A fascinating look into the thoughts of a historian whose career deserves to be revived."
A collection of letters written by a prominent but largely forgotten historian during the World War II era. Read full book review >