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Book review: ‘Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy,’ by Eri Hotta

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Ed Tims reviews Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy in Dallas News

The government wanted to get out of a war that wouldn’t end. World opinion was increasingly hostile. Resources were running out. The economy was in trouble. Even beer was in short supply.

Some of those problems seem disturbingly modern, but the year was 1941. Japan’s leaders recklessly decided to gamble with the lives of millions by starting a war with the United States. Almost none thought the war could be won. But they hoped that fate would intervene.

In Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy, Eri Hotta exposes the false assumptions, wishful thinking, political turmoil and cultural baggage that contributed to fatally flawed decision-making.

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I am a writer based in Singapore.

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