Francis Pike's Hirohito's War offers an alternative interpretation the Pacific War, balancing the existing Western-centric view with the Japanese perspective on the conflict.
- Author: Francis Pike
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
- RRP: e-book: $43.99
As well as giving a 'blow-by-blow' account of campaigns and battles, Francis Pike offers many challenges to the standard interpretations with regards to the causes of the war; Emperor Hirohito's war guilt; the inevitability of US victory; the abilities of General MacArthur and Admiral Yamamoto; the roles of China, Great Britain and Australia; military and naval technology; and the need for the fire-bombing of Japan and the eventual use of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Hirohito's War is accompanied by additional online resources, including more details on logistics, economics, POWs, submarines and kamikaze, as well as a 1930-1945 timeline and 178 maps. A good read for any history buff!