BERGAMINI : Japan's imperial conspiracy (fülszöveg)
Japan's Imperial Conspiracy begins with the Rape of Nanking: in 1937 the Japanese army entered the capital of China and systematically slaughtered 140,000 of its inhabitants. Emperor Hirohito, who was responsible for this and other acts of calculated terror, has invariably been portrayed as the innocent ceremonial leader who became the victim of a militarist clique.
Now, for the first time, David Bergamini tells how Hirohito and the imperial family plotted the war against the West and how the Emperor himself led his nation through it.
Mr. Bergamini, a Rhodes Scholar, who was raised in the Orient and who speaks and reads Japanese, spent six years in research for this book. In addition to hundreds of hours of interviews, he read hundreds of thousands of pages in both Japanese and English including the journals and diaries kept by the Emperor's closest advisors, among them his wartime chief of staff and his chief civilian advisor. About half of the information in this book has never been revealed before in English.
The result is an engrossing tale of intrigue conducted at the highest levels of Japanese government and society. In telling this story fully, the author traces the roots of imperial power from the advent of the first Emperor almost 2,000 years ago through Perry's arrival and the Meiji Restoration.
More than that, this remarkable book provides insight into Japan's rise from the ashes of World War II to her position today as the world's third most powerful nation. It gives, too, a fascinating history of war crimes, guilt, and punishment.
Brilliantly written, a tale of high drama, Japan's Imperial Conspiracy, in the Introductory words of Sir William Flood Webb, "will cause a major readjustment in Western views of Oriental history."