Japan 1941 : Countdown To Infamy

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Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy, by Eri Hotta World War II was arguably the largest global conflict in history, and in my opinion, it’s also the most interesting. The majority of it took place in the Eastern Hemisphere, with the United States only joining for the last four years. The American public wished to avoid war after experiencing the effects of World War 1, but were dragged into conflict by the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. I never understood why Japan thought bombing the United States would have any beneficial outcomes for them, and I thought reading this book would give me a good understanding. As for taking this course, although studying history isn’t one of my passions, it seems like an interesting and fun hobby. Also, I think how humanity evolved to its current state should be universally known, and taking this course over regular World History would give me a better understanding of it. Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy explains what lead Japan to bomb Pearl Harbor. The main factors were insecure and delusional government officials, leading flawed diplomacy. Foreign minister Matsuoka Yosuke believed that Americans only respected power. After returning from a trip to the United States, he described a hypothetical scenario of a Japanese and American walking towards each other on a narrow path, saying that if the Japanese acted politely and made way, the American would look down on him, but if the Japanese punched the American in the face, the

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