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Cultures of war : Pearl Harbor/Hiroshima/9-11/Iraq

Author: John W Dower
Publisher: New York : W W Norton : New Press, 2011.
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Finalist for the 2010 National Book Award in Nonfiction and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize: "A thought-provoking ... book about the way events echo-and mis-echo-down the corridors of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John W Dower
ISBN: 0393340686 9780393340686
OCLC Number: 751685241
Notes: Originally published as a hardcover in 2010.
Originally published as a Norton paperback 2011.
Awards: Shortlisted for National Book Critics Circle Awards: Nonfiction 2010.
Description: xxxvii, 596 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. "Pearl Harbor" as code: wars of choice and failures of intelligence. 1. Infamy and the cracked mirror of history : "Pearl Harbor" as code ; The boomerang of "Pearl Harbor" --
2. The failure of intelligence : Prelude to Pearl Harbor ; Prelude to 9-11 ; Postmortems: Pearl Harbor ; Postmortems: 9-11 --
3. The failure of imagination : "Little yellow sons-of-bitches" ; Rationality, desperation, and risk ; Aiding and abetting the enemy ; "This little terrorist in Afghanistan" --
4. Innocence, evil, and amnesia : Catastrophe and the transfer of innocence ; Evil and the transfer of evil ; Amnesia and Frankenstein's monster ; Evil where the price is worth it --
5. Wars of choice and strategic imbecilities : Pearl Harbor and "Operation Iraqi Freedom" ; The emperor system and imperial presidency ; Choosing war ; Strategic imbecilities ; Deception and delusion ; Victory disease and the gates of hell --
"Pearl Harbor" as godsend ----
Part II. Ground Zero 1945 and Ground Zero 2001: terror and mass destruction. 7. "Hiroshima" as code --
8. Air war and terror bombing in World War II : Ghost cities ; Extirpating "noncombatants" ; "Increasing the terror" in Germany ; Targeting Japan ; Firebombing the great cities ; "Burn jobs" and "secondary targets" ; Morale, shock, and psychological warfare --
9. "The most terrible bomb in the history of the world" : Ground zeroes ; Anticipating zero ; Becoming death ; Ending the war and saving American lives --
10. The irresistible logic of mass destruction : Brute force ; August 1945 and the rejected alternatives ; Unconditional surrender ; Power politics and the Cold War ; Partisan politics --
11. Sweetness, beauty, and idealistic annihilation : Scientific sweetness and technological imperatives ; Technocratic momentum and the war machine ; The aesthetics of mass destruction ; Revenge ; Idealistic annihilation --
12. New evils in the world: 1945/2001 : Evil beyond recall ; Arrogating God ; Holy war against the west: seisen and jihad ; Ground zeroes: state and nonstate terror ; Managing savagery ----
Part III. Wars and occupations: winning the peace, losing the peace. 13. Occupied Japan and occupied Iraq : Winning the war, losing the peace ; Occupied Japan and the eye of the beholder ; Incommensurable worlds ; Planning postwar Japan ; Eyes wide shut: occupying Iraq ; Repudiating nation building ; Baghdad burning --
14. Convergence of a sort: law, justice, and transgression : Jiggering the law ; Legal and illegal occupation ; War crimes and the ricochet of victor's justice ; Spheres of influence and the limbo of defeated armies ; Dissipating intangible assets --
15. Nation building and market fundamentalism : Controls and capitalisms ; Corruption and crime ; Successful and disastrous demilitarization ; "Generalists" versus "area experts" ; Privatizing nation building ; Rendering Iraq "open for business" ; Aid in two eras ; Combating carpetbagging in an earlier time ; Mixed legacies in an age of forgetting --
Epilogue: Fools' errands and fools' gold : Secular priesthoods and faith-based policies ; Fools' errands ; Fools' gold.
Responsibility: John W. Dower.
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