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Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War, Volume I: July 1937-May 1942

av Richard B. Frank

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"The first book in a new three-volume history of the Asia-Pacific War, by the acclaimed author of Downfall and Guadalcanal. In 1937 the swath of the globe from India to Japan contained half the world's population, but only two nations with real sovereignty (Japan and Thailand) and two with compromised sovereignty (China and Mongolia). All other peoples in the region endured under some form of colonialism. Today the region contains nineteen major, fully sovereign nations. Tower of Skulls is the first work in any language to present a unified account of the course and titanic impact of this part of the global war, which began the torturous route to twenty-first-century Asia. Covering with extraordinary detail campaigns in China, Singapore, the Philippines, and Burma, as well as the attack on Pearl Harbor, it expands beyond military elements to highlight the critical political, economic, and social reverberations of the struggle. Finally, it provides a graphic depiction of the often forgotten but truly horrific death toll in the Asia-Pacific region-over 20 million-which continues to shape international relations today"--… (mer)
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Read this during my flight from Helsinki to Shanghai and subsequent COVID-19 quarantine in Shanghai. ( )
  nitrolpost | Mar 19, 2024 |
Good narrative of early pacific war. Good for me in that it focused on less familiar (non-American) parts of the early war - Singapore, Burma, Indonesia. Excellent overview of Pearl Harbor. ( )
  apende | Jul 12, 2022 |
The particular value of this trilogy is that, over the last 10-15 years, the historical understanding of Chiang Kai-shek's war with Japan has been brought into much finer focus, and the result is that one is left with a more favorable image of Chiang. Not to mention that the government of the PRC has come to lean heavily on China's participation in World War II as a validation of Beijing's international legitimacy. These are realities that Frank is seeking to bring to a more general readership. Having fairly recently read some of the academic history that Frank leans upon in writing this work, you can argue that I'm not the main audience. But what I appreciate about Frank, thinking back to some of his earlier works, is that he does a particularly good job of putting the contingency back into controversial events, when 20/20 hindsight tends to warp the perception of how period decision makers came to make the choices they did. I look forward to the coming books in this trilogy with considerable enthusiasm. ( )
  Shrike58 | Jul 22, 2021 |
Detailed account of the Sino-Japanese War which makes a compelling argument that no action of the Japanese in WWII can be fully explained without consideration of its China dilemma. The Japanese wanted to make peace but Chiang Kai-Shek stubbornly refused to concede any Chinese territory. Thus the Japanese, able to defeat the Chinese in battle after battle, but ultimately unable to defeat the Chinese will to resist--were trapped into a blood-sucking conflict that tempered everything they did in the Pacific Theater. Very good book published by an accomplished historian. ( )
  Richard7920 | Sep 23, 2020 |
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"The first book in a new three-volume history of the Asia-Pacific War, by the acclaimed author of Downfall and Guadalcanal. In 1937 the swath of the globe from India to Japan contained half the world's population, but only two nations with real sovereignty (Japan and Thailand) and two with compromised sovereignty (China and Mongolia). All other peoples in the region endured under some form of colonialism. Today the region contains nineteen major, fully sovereign nations. Tower of Skulls is the first work in any language to present a unified account of the course and titanic impact of this part of the global war, which began the torturous route to twenty-first-century Asia. Covering with extraordinary detail campaigns in China, Singapore, the Philippines, and Burma, as well as the attack on Pearl Harbor, it expands beyond military elements to highlight the critical political, economic, and social reverberations of the struggle. Finally, it provides a graphic depiction of the often forgotten but truly horrific death toll in the Asia-Pacific region-over 20 million-which continues to shape international relations today"--

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