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Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire

Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire
Author: Richard B. Frank
ISBN 13: 9780141001463
ISBN 10: 141001461
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2001-05-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512
List Price: $20.00

These pages present the untold story of how American leaders learned in the summer of 1945 that their compromise strategy to end the war by blockade and bombardment, followed by invasion, had been shattered; radio intelligence had unmasked a massive Japanese buildup on Kyushu designed to turn the initial invasion into a bloody shambles. Meanwhile, the text and analysis of diplomatic intercepts depicted sterile prospects for negotiation before a final clash of arms. Here also, for the first time, is a full and balanced account of how Japan's leaders risked annihilation by gambling on a military strategy aimed at securing political bargaining leverage to preserve the old order in Japan.. "Downfall replaces the myths that now surround the end of the war and the use of the bomb with the stark realities of this great historical controversy.

New York Times Book Review - J. Samuel Walker

...a carefully reasoned and admirably balanced account that should be required reading for anyone with an interest in the atomic bomb and the end of the war...a well-informed, thoughtful and judicious account...