Japan at War 1931-45: As the Cherry Blossom Falls
David McCormack, the author, is a graduated with first class honours in Contemporary Military and International History. He has been a regular contributor of Japan based historical articles to the International Academic Forum’s Eye Magazine and a series of eight articles entitled Japan at War published by the Armourer Magazine 2005-2006.
Now he presents a new book entitled Japan at War 1931-19145: As the Cherry Blossom Falls in which he explains the origins and development of the Pacific War from both the American and Japanese perspectives. The book follows the course of the Empire of the Sun’s ultimately unequal struggle against the great allied powers. Drawing on archive material, this new history provides the reader with piercing strategic and political insights which debunk many of the enduring myths which encompass Japan’s apocalyptic drive for hegemony in Southeast Asia.
Interestingly the book focuses on answering a series of crucial questions on the Pacific War, such as for example:
Why did Japan invade China?
Was war with America and the British Empire inevitable?
Why was the Japanese mobile fleet defeated so decisively at Midway?
Why did the Japanese continue fighting when defeat was inevitable?
Was Emperor Hirohito merely a puppet of the militarists?
Why did the Japanese people acquiesce in the occupation of their homeland?
“Whilst unsparing in its treatment of Japan’s ultimate culpability for unleashing the Second World War, ‘Japan at War 1931–1945’ is an objective appraisal of the tragedy that engulfed much of the territories under Japanese control, and eventually Japan itself.”
The book will be released on February 13, 2017 but can be pre-ordered at a special price: