Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq by John W. DowerOver recent decades, John W. Dower, one of America’s preeminent historians, has addressed the roots and consequences of war from multiple perspectives. In War Without Mercy (1986), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, he described and analyzed the brutality that attended World War II in the Pacific, as seen from both the Japanese and the American sides. Embracing Defeat (1999), winner of numerous honors including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, dealt with Japan’s struggle to start over in a shattered land in the immediate aftermath of the Pacific War, when the defeated country was occupied by the U.S.-led Allied powers.
Turning to an even larger canvas, Dower now examines the cultures of war revealed by four powerful events—Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, and the invasion of Iraq in the name of a war on terror. The list of issues examined and themes explored is wide-ranging: failures of intelligence and imagination, wars of choice and “strategic imbecilities,” faith-based secular thinking as well as more overtly holy wars, the targeting of noncombatants, and the almost irresistible logic—and allure—of mass destruction. Dower’s new work also sets the U.S. occupations of Japan and Iraq side by side in strikingly original ways.
One of the most important books of this decade, Cultures of War offers comparative insights into individual and institutional behavior and pathologies that transcend “cultures” in the more traditional sense, and that ultimately go beyond war-making alone.
A Comparison of the September 11 Attack and the Attack on Pearl Harbor
With Roosevelt already in a third term, we were very stable politically. In that sense, September 11 is more like the October stock market crash. That, too, changed everything. For my generation, that day was November 22, , the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on a street in downtown Dallas.
The Japanese were already at war with China and several Southeast Asian countries. It was war, the enemy was obvious and known , and it was very clear where to counterattack. Although there were a few civilians killed in the attack, most of the casualties were soldiers. The Japanese people were united in their support for the decision of their leader, the Emperor of Japan. The Japanese people were the first to resort to the use of suicide planes to attack the enemy. The attack on Pearl Harbor happened on December 7,
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The Attack On Pearl Harbor
How Pearl Harbor touched lives in ways that will never be forgotten. Think of the parallels.
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