JAPAN: The Shadow Before

A political earthquake shook Japan's war structure. When the heavings subsided, Tokyo had a new, two-faced Cabinet, geared to continue fighting the war vigorously—or sue for a negotiated peace.

General Hideki Tojo bowed before the Emperor, confessed his many failures. As Premier, holding most of the strategic Cabinet posts, he had bet on the wrong team in-Europe, had led his country into war. As War Minister and lately Chief of the Army Staff, he had lost Saipan, was still bogged down in China. As Munitions Minister, he had failed to achieve sufficient war...

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