From: Sacramento, CA
ORIGINAL: Mike Dubost
An interesting discussion has developed in the modding thread about Japan's options in 1941.
Does anyone know any good books on Japan's journey to war - and specifically the internal and external discussions, debates and communications on the options available re China, and what to do about Roosevelt's screw tightening on Japan's economic position?
I have read Rising Sun and The Road to War as well as countless books that touch on the subject high level. I am looking for something much more detailed that covers the thoughts of the army, the navy, the Emperor's role and those poor anti-war politicians who had to walk a fine line between trying to do what was best for Japan's long term future and the personal wish to keep their heads firmly attached to their body's.....
Last year I read a book on this topic called Japan 1941 by Eri Hota. It talks about the private face and public face views of the admirals, statesmen, and generals. I found it an interesting read.
Mike this has really mixed reviews on Amazon. Does this book go into any detail on the Japanese options in 1941? For example is there any mention of the April 1941 pact with the USSR, who instigated it etc?
Well, not having read the reviews on Amazon yet, I am not in a position to comment intelligently. I intend to look just to see what they say.
As for your other questions: Yes, it does discuss the pact with the USSR and who instigated it. The book also includes the discussions and debates in Tokyo and the various options on the table. To a lesser extent, it also talks about debates in Washington. I think that is actually one possible criticism in that my recollection is the focus is much more on Tokyo than Washington, but it by no means exclusively Tokyo.
If you are asking about plausible options not on the table (for example, trying to mobilize Americans of Japanese descent as a pressure group/voting block, or maybe attempting major PRE-war support of Indian independence movements), then, no. The book is almost totally silent on such matters.
Edit "it exclusively Tokyo" left out "focuses on".
< Message edited by Mike Dubost -- 11/3/2016 3:28:28 AM >