JAPAN: The Struggle for Power

"The thing which most set off Yoshida from the other boys," said one of the Premier's old school friends, "was his infuriating air of superiority. He was small and thin, and his haughtiness constantly brought him beatings and cuffings from his mates." "Shigeru may not have the most appealing personality," agreed the Premier's father-in-law, "but he has backbone, and that's what counts."

In his seven years as Premier of Japan, 76-year-old Shigeru Yoshida has done more than any other Japanese to lift up his people from the rubble of defeat. He has...

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