In the Cauldron

Terror, Tension, and the American Ambassador's Struggle to Avoid Pearl
Product Number: EB00757223
Released: Nov 05, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781621578970
Publisher: Regnery History
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Description

Summer, 1941. Japan and the United States are locked in a battle of wills. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's economic sanctions are crippling Japan. Rice is being rationed. Consumer goods are limited. And oil shortages threaten the capabilities of Japan's vast military machine. America's noose is tightening around Japan's neck-but the country's leaders refuse to yield to American demands. In this cauldron of boiling tensions - months before the Pearl Harbor attack - Joseph Grew, America's ambassador to Japan, offered many recommendations to break the deadlock. Having resided and worked in the elegant U.S. embassy in the heart of Tokyo for almost ten years, Grew understood what Roosevelt and his administration back home did not: that the Japanese would rather faceannihilation than endure the humiliation ofsurrendering to American pressure. But the President and his administration saw little need to accept their ambassador's recommendations. The administration's policies, they believed, were sure to succeed. And so, with increasing urgency, Grew tried to explain to the President and his administration that Japan's mindset couldnot be gauged by Western standards of logic and that the administration's policies could leadJapan to embark on a suicidal war with the United States "with dangerous and dramaticsuddenness." Relying on Grew's diaries, letters and memos, interviews with members of the families of Grewand his staff, and an abundance of other primary source materials, Lew Paper presents agripping story of Ambassador Joseph Grew's effort to halt the downward spiral of Japan's relations with the UnitedStates. Caught in the middle of a life-or-death clash between East and West powers, Grew had to wrestle with an American government that would not listen to him - and simultaneously confront an increasingly hostile environment in Japan, where pervasive surveillance, arbitrary arrest, and even unspeakable torture by Japan's secret police were constant threats. In the Cauldronis a story filled with hope, fear, anger, and frustration. More than that, it is astory that has never been told. It is sure to cast a new light on Pearl Harbor and raise questions whether the Japanese attack could have been avoided.

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Author(s): Lew Paper
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Nov 05, 2019

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