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"A groundbreaking history that considers the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective and is certain to revolutionize how we think of the war in the Pacific.

When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a war they were almost certain to lose. In a groundbreaking history that considers Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective, certain to revolutionize how we think of the war in the Pacific, Eri Hotta poses essential questions overlooked for the last seventy years: Why did these men—military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor—put their country and its citizens in harm’s way? Why did they make a decision that was doomed from the start? Introducing us to the doubters, bluffers, and schemers who led their nation into this conflagration, Hotta brilliantly shows us a hidden Japan—eager to avoid war but fraught with tensions with the West, deluded by reckless militarism, tempted by the gambler’s dream of scoring the biggest win against impossible odds and nearly escaping disaster before it finally proved inevitable." #books #book #read #socialsteeze #reading #reader #page #pages #paper #instagood #kindle #nook #library #author #bestoftheday #bookworm #readinglist #love #photooftheday #imagine #plot #climax #story #literature #literate #stories #words #text
"A groundbreaking history that considers the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective and is certain to revolutionize how we think of the war in the Pacific. When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a war they were almost certain to lose. In a groundbreaking history that considers Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective, certain to revolutionize how we think of the war in the Pacific, Eri Hotta poses essential questions overlooked for the last seventy years: Why did these men—military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor—put their country and its citizens in harm’s way? Why did they make a decision that was doomed from the start? Introducing us to the doubters, bluffers, and schemers who led their nation into this conflagration, Hotta brilliantly shows us a hidden Japan—eager to avoid war but fraught with tensions with the West, deluded by reckless militarism, tempted by the gambler’s dream of scoring the biggest win against impossible odds and nearly escaping disaster before it finally proved inevitable." #books  #book  #read  #socialsteeze  #reading  #reader  #page  #pages  #paper  #instagood  #kindle  #nook  #library  #author  #bestoftheday  #bookworm  #readinglist  #love  #photooftheday  #imagine  #plot  #climax  #story  #literature  #literate  #stories  #words  #text 
"...Lepore’s groundbreaking investigation places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas—"these truths," Jefferson called them—#political #equality, #natural #rights, and the #sovereignty of the #people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the #nation, and #democracy itself, delivered on that promise?

These Truths tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore traces the intertwined histories of #American #politics, #law, #journalism, and #technology, from the colonial town meeting to the nineteenth-century party machine, from talk radio to twenty-first-century Internet polls, from Magna Carta to the Patriot Act, from the printing press to Facebook News." #books #book #read  #reading #reader  #kindle #library #author #bestoftheday #bookworm #readinglist  #climax #story #literature #literate #stories #words
"...Lepore’s groundbreaking investigation places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas—"these truths," Jefferson called them—#political  #equality , #natural  #rights , and the #sovereignty  of the #people . And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the #nation , and #democracy  itself, delivered on that promise? These Truths tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore traces the intertwined histories of #American  #politics , #law , #journalism , and #technology , from the colonial town meeting to the nineteenth-century party machine, from talk radio to twenty-first-century Internet polls, from Magna Carta to the Patriot Act, from the printing press to Facebook News." #books  #book  #read  #reading  #reader  #kindle  #library  #author  #bestoftheday  #bookworm  #readinglist  #climax  #story  #literature  #literate  #stories  #words 
'What Aksakal offers is a meticulous analysis of the factors that induced the political leaders of the #OttomanEmpire to enter the war on the German side in October 1914.' Erik-Jan Zürcher, Diplomacy and Statecraft

______ 'In this new study, Mustafa Aksakal demonstrates with authority that the general apprehension of dissolution and partition that drove Ottoman officials in 1914 derived from the disastrous Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913 … and was based on a plethora of very real threats and secret negotiations leading up to the Ottoman signing of the alliance with Germany on August 2, 1914.' Virginia Aksan, Insight Turkey

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'What Aksakal offers is a meticulous analysis of the factors that induced the political leaders of the #OttomanEmpire  to enter the war on the German side in October 1914.' Erik-Jan Zürcher, Diplomacy and Statecraft ______ 'In this new study, Mustafa Aksakal demonstrates with authority that the general apprehension of dissolution and partition that drove Ottoman officials in 1914 derived from the disastrous Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913 … and was based on a plethora of very real threats and secret negotiations leading up to the Ottoman signing of the alliance with Germany on August 2, 1914.' Virginia Aksan, Insight Turkey _______ #bookstagramfeature  #ilovebooks  #bookstagrammer  #bookstagram  #bookaddict  #currentlyreading  #bookclub  #amreading  #shelfie  #bookphotography  #instabook  #booknerd  #readersofinstagram  #bookaholic  #instaread  #bookgeek  #bookaholic  #booksofinstagram  #bookish  #bookishfeatures  #bibliophile  #goodreads  #booknerdigans  #lovebooks