From the forward:
"America's greatest mistake in World War II, I blieve, was in failing to recognize that she was fighting two different kinds of war simultaneously: one in Europe against another Western people and philosophy, Nazism, one in Asia which was not only a struggle against
an aggressive nation fighting for survival as a modern power but an ideological contest against an entire continent.
The authors opinion, nothing more, nothing less.
Millions of Orientals saw Japan's battle as their own, as a confrontation of race and color; they also saw in japan's victories their own liberation from Western domination.
Here the author does talk about race, but from the Asian viewpoint.
Your assertion that...'In the forward, Toland makes clear his belief that the war started due entirely to American racism towards Japanese and other Asians', falls somewhat flat don't you think? Nothing to do with Americas racism.
"Each nation, the United States not excepted, has made its contribution to the welter of evil which now comprises the Far East question. We shall all do well to drop for all time the pose of self-righteousness and injured innocence and penitently face the facts."
The 'Each nation, the United States not excepted'... quote, is not from the author, but from Tyier Dennett, who wrote those sentences in 1922.
What part of that do you not understand?
I'm too much of a gentleman to rise to this comment.
Japan is "fighting for survival" due to American racism. If only America would have admitted her guilt, apologized, and given Japan everything she demanded, the war would not have happened.
Your opinion, not Tollands.
Our lives may be more boring than those who lived in apocalyptic times,
but being bored is greatly preferable to being prematurely dead because of some ideological fantasy. - Michael Burleigh