Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan

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Harvard University Press, Jun 1, 2009 - History - 432 pages
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With startling revelations, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa rewrites the standard history of the end of World War II in the Pacific. By fully integrating the three key actors in the story--the United States, the Soviet Union, and Japan--Hasegawa for the first time puts the last months of the war into international perspective.

From April 1945, when Stalin broke the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact and Harry Truman assumed the presidency, to the final Soviet military actions against Japan, Hasegawa brings to light the real reasons Japan surrendered. From Washington to Moscow to Tokyo and back again, he shows us a high-stakes diplomatic game as Truman and Stalin sought to outmaneuver each other in forcing Japan's surrender; as Stalin dangled mediation offers to Japan while secretly preparing to fight in the Pacific; as Tokyo peace advocates desperately tried to stave off a war party determined to mount a last-ditch defense; and as the Americans struggled to balance their competing interests of ending the war with Japan and preventing the Soviets from expanding into the Pacific.

Authoritative and engrossing, "Racing the Enemy" puts the final days of World War II into a whole new light.

  

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Review: Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan

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I had not heard of this book until the conclusion was including in a "Taking Sides" book assigned for one of my university classes. I added to my reading list for a research paper on the decision to ... Read full review

Review: Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan

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Read this for a grad class and loved it! Wonderful, if insanely dense, play-by-play of US-USSR-Japanese relations regarding the Pacific War, culminating in the dropping of the atomic bomb and the ... Read full review

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Tsuyoshi Hasegawa is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Cold War Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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