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A groundbreaking history that considers Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective—and is certain to revolutionize how we think of the war in the Pacific.

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When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, argues Eri Hotta, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a conflict they were bound to lose. Availing herself of rarely consulted material, Hotta poses essential questions overlooked by historians in the seventy years since: Why did these men—military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor—put their country and its citizens in harm's way? Why did they make a decision that was doomed from the start? Introducing us to the doubters, bluffers, and schemers who led their nation into this conflagration, Hotta brilliantly shows us a Japan never before glimpsed—eager to avoid war but fraught with tensions with the West, blinded by traditional notions of pride and honor, nearly escaping disaster before it finally proved inevitable.

"Extensive notes round out this heavily researched, throughly fascinating, and highly recommended look into how a nation's own military and political polices can ultimately turn self-destructive." ---The Midwest Book Review
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Japan 1941

Countdown to Infamy

Author Eri Hotta

Narrated by Laural Merlington

Publication date Oct 29, 2013

Running time 13 hrs 17 min

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