Books: The Inscrutable Scrutinized

HONORABLE ENEMY—Ernest O. Mauser —Duell, Sloan & Pearce ($2.50).

THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PACIFIC—W. D. Puleston—Yale ($2.75).

Off & on for twelve years a journalist in the Orient, Ernest O. Hauser has not been content to meet the East over a Scotch & soda in Tokyo's Imperial Hotel. He has dug his way deep into the mysteries of Oriental temperament. Honorable Enemy is a knowing and compassionate portrait of the Japanese character.

To Hauser, the typical Japanese is a "nervous, emotionally high-pitched, sensitive person ... a poor man in a poor country" unable to break through the manners and social limitations of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!