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Yokohama burning : the deadly 1923 earthquake and fire that helped forge the path to World War II

Author: Joshua Hammer
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©2006.
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The story of the worst natural disaster of the twentieth century: the earthquakes, fires, and tsunamis of September 1923 that destroyed Yokohama and most of Tokyo and killed 140,000 people during two days of horror. Piecing together a minute-by-minute account, journalist Hammer re-creates harrowing scenes of death, escape, and rescue. He also places the tumultuous events in the context of history and demonstrates  Read more...
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Hammer, Joshua, 1957-
Yokohama burning.
New York : Free Press, c2006
(OCoLC)607754357
Online version:
Hammer, Joshua, 1957-
Yokohama burning.
New York : Free Press, c2006
(OCoLC)608137414
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua Hammer
ISBN: 0743264657 9780743264655
OCLC Number: 67774380
Description: xvi, 313 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: September 1, 1923 --
City of silk --
The morning before --
On the waterfront --
The catfish and the keystone --
Inferno --
Tokyo burning --
Rescue --
Massacres --
Spreading the news --
Going home.
Responsibility: Joshua Hammer.
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The story of the worst natural disaster of the twentieth century: the earthquakes, fires, and tsunamis of September 1923 that destroyed Yokohama and most of Tokyo and killed 140,000 people during two days of horror. Piecing together a minute-by-minute account, journalist Hammer re-creates harrowing scenes of death, escape, and rescue. He also places the tumultuous events in the context of history and demonstrates how they set Japan on a path to even greater tragedy: the massive, American-led relief effort seemed to promise a bright new era in U.S.-Japanese relations, but, Hammer asserts, the calamity led in fact to a hardening of racist attitudes in both Japan and the United States, and drove Japan into the hands of radical militarists with imperial ambitions.--From publisher description.

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