Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the 1999 National Book Award for Nonfiction, finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, Embracing Defeat is John W. Dower's brilliant examination of Japan in the immediate, shattering aftermath of World War II.
Embracing Defeat arrives at an opportune moment...an extraordinarily illuminating book. Mr. Dower has deftly mixed history form the 'bottom up' and 'top down' to produce what is surely the most significant work to date on the postwar era in Japan. He writes with panache and with a keen eye for the absurdities of the Japanese-American encounter. Among other thinkers, his analysis of cartoons, a genre taken very seriously in Japan, is fascinating.