From: Zagreb, Croatia
I am also reading Toland's book (still only in the pre-war stuff).
I think thus far (granted, I haven't gotten very far), it's a good book, if taken with all other material available.
While the write-up might try to call it "unbiased", I don't actually think that even Toland considers the book "unbiased". I think he considers it "from the Japanese point of view", and certainly -not- unbiased. Indeed, his wife is Japanese, which allowed him access many many veterans and documents that might not have been so easily available to a gaijin.
But it's like that "Fortress Against the Sun" and "Shattered Sword" books everyone around here rants about as Bible. They -are- *excellent* books. But they're not Bible. They should be taken amongst the greater body of works. Some more credible than others (indeed FatS and SS are very credible).
But my advice on Tolands book (at least as how I'm reading it). It probably -does- bring some differing insights to the table. You (and I) don't have to agree to with them, and they might not even be correct. But either way, the book brings -something- to table and does contribute to the greater body of knowledge.
Again, I don't think it's supposed to be "unbiased". Toland says it's "from the Japanese perspective"; it is by definition, NOT unbiased, so just accept it as such.
I have Toland's book and I have read it several times (every few years - 5 or so - I re-read it).
IMHO, in his book he is quite "unsupportive" of Japanese imperialism and expansionism - thus in that respect he is more than "unbiased" (i.e. he is not trying to "approve" their actions - he is merely explaining their actions and events as they happened and as they, Japan, saw it)...
Sighted typo fixed
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