Japan 1941 : Countdown to InfamyBook - 2013
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.
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By allying with Japan and Italy, Germany hoped to deter the United States and minimize the chance of US participation in a European war.
when Japan sent planes to attack Pearl Harbor, it was mired in economic and political uncertainties.
Japan had entered into a situation of war with the United States and Britain in the western pacific before dawn.
Broadly speaking, one of the biggest obstacles to withdrawing from a war, especially a war you are losing is justifying the blood spilled and the money spent.
Stalin, of course, continued to be terrified by the prospect for a two-front war.
none of the top leaders, their occasional protestations not withstanding, had sufficient will, desire; or courage to stop the momentum for war.
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