The GI War Against Japan

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März 2005



The GI War against Japan recounts the harrowing experiences of American soldiers in Asia and the Pacific. Based on countless diaries and letters, it sweeps across the battlefields, from the early desperate stand at Guadalcanal to the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis at the War's very end. Amidst the frustration and despair of this war, American soldiers abandoned themselves to an escalating rage that presaged Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The GIs' story is, first and foremost, the story of America's resounding victory over Japan. At the same time, the reader will recognize in the extraordinarily high price paid for this victory chilling forebodings of the West's ultimate defeat in Asia--and America's in Vietnam.


Peter Schrijvers is the author of The Crash of Ruin: American Combat Soldiers in Europe during World War II, also available from NYU Press.


"Schrijvers' book is a valuable addition ot the literature on the war in the Pacific." -- H-Net Book Review "Schrijvers builds upon earlier works and successfully goes beyond them to provide a scholarly account of the full range of American experiences in the Pacific and Asian theatres. He makes excellent use of diaries, letters, training manuals, and official reports. The book is an impressive scholarly achievement. Schrijvers's vivid portrayal of the American experience in the war against Japan permits us to see that experience in a broader historical context and reveals patterns of thought and action that are enduring features of the American character." --The International History Review "One cannot read this volume without coming away with a fresh way of thinking about the subject. Peter Schrijvers has broadened our perspective of the sociology of the American fighting man in the Second World War." --War In History "Schrijvers' book can increase the understanding of the Pacific War amoung students and scholars alike." -- Journal of Asian Studies "This terrifying, remarkable work examines the attitudes, perceptions, and behavior of U.S. fighting men in the Pacific theatre... Among the most unsettling books I've read in years." --The Atlantic Monthly "Schrijvers's linking of that frustration to the massive destruction unleashed by American armed forces in the Pacific War is provocative." --Multicultural Review "A rich and compelling cultural and social history of American servicemen and -women serving in Asia and the Pacific during World War II." -- The Journal of American History "Just when it appeared that little remained to be said about the Pacific War, Schrijvers produces the best social history of the conflict to date...This is an important book, not only about WWII but also about the nature of war itself...Highly recommended." --Choice
EAN: 9780814740156
ISBN: 0814740154
Untertitel: American Soldiers in Asia and the Pacific During World War II. New ed. black & white illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: New York University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2005
Seitenanzahl: 320 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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