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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (Nov. 26 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780813327181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813327181
  • ASIN: 0813327180
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #834,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The most outstanding attribute of this book is its honest depiction of Japan's atrocities. The description of these horrific onslaughts surpasses similar titles in some portions of the book.
But the downside is the author's attempt to explain why the Japanese acted as they did, as if doing so will somehow make us view the Japanese army as something more than the monsters they were. Though Tanaka probaly doesn't mean to, he comes across as making excuses for the Japanese military's barbarism. Nevertheless, when he moves beyond fact description and into analysis, his intentions seem ambiguous at best. But overall, a good read.
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By A Customer on April 8 2002
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Interesting info, but author seems to try and make the point the Japanese did nothing worse than others have done thru out history.
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Japanese ex-pat professor (he lives in Austrailia) desribes in stomach turning detail the crimes of Imperial Japanese forces in WWII. While I knew some of the things done, I had no idea the extent and depth of the crimes committed.
Tanaka describes in pages NOT FOR THE TIMID READER the Japanese high command's plan for using cannabalism to feed their troops in the southern arc of their conquest plans. It wasn't just enemy troops who were on the menu, but low-ranking Japanese ground-pounders. I will spare the detail, but Tanaka doesn't, so be warned.
I give this book only 4 stars because it has one serious flaw. Tanaka makes the laughable, morally unsustainable claim that the atomic bombings are morally equivalent to Japanese crimes. This will rightly outrage every American, but it doesn't tarnish the overall effort.
Professor Tanaka is to be congratulated for his courage in revealing the worst things committed by his people. Things that many in Japan, especially school textbooks, refuse to admit. I don't think it coincidence that the good professor lives in the Land Down Under.
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This is an important book to read to further an understanding of the magnitude of Japanese war crimes in WWII. The author touches on the fact that these war crimes were part of a pattern of inhumanity; not simply isolated incidents of criminality, but an artifact of Japanese culture which demanded subservience of the individual for the sake of "social harmony". Individual morality or even a desire for morality can play no role in such a regime. Interestingly, even the author provides names of officers , but for the most part treats the enlisted men who carried out the barbarous orders not as men but as mere cogs.
The scary thing is that what was previously demanded is still encouraged as socially desirable -- still for the sake of "social harmony." This means that there is an unwillingness to broach ugly topics like grandpa's inhumanity, thus it is unlikely that books such as this will ever provoke the soul searching that has taken place in other countries that have thrown off fascism or otherwise confronted their past.
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By A Customer on May 25 2000
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If the reader from Massachusetts had written what he did about Nazi Germany he'd be mercilessly ridiculed. Why is it so difficult for people to believe that the Japanese also committed heinous atrocities? That is downplayed in our society a great deal... perhaps if we bring attention to it we are perceived as racist. As a Granddaughter of two British POW's held in the Stanley camp, I can only say that apologists in this matter do themselves a great disservice as well, as the truth is required to make certain camps like these never appear again in any future war. Books like this are helpful in that regard.
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First of all,I give unstinted praise this book writer.Almost japanese are not accept their crime,Because their textbook and high ranking government officials are to teach lie.Today they say the WW2 is their peaceful demonstration.this is nonsense.many peoples were used as a guinea pig and slaughtered by japanese.
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Yuki Tanaka does a good job of broaching this unpleasant subject. He details many of the war crimes perpetrated by the Japanese military during WWII against their enemies and also against innocent women and children.He postulates what caused the Japanese militery to behave this way. All in all, Hidden Horrors is a good analysis of how low humanity can sink when people become desensitized to human dignity and worth. People sometimes forget that prior to the rise of Japanese militarism in the 1920's that Japan behaved properly towards its adversaries, and I invite people to read Robert B. Edgerton's "Warriors Of The Rising Sun" to gain more insight into Japanese military history.
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By A Customer on Dec 1 1999
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This book gave me ideas of how the history is revised. Cannibalism is a custom of China; a lot of example of Chinese history have showed that they ate human whenever they lacked food. Civilians were the likely prey for the soldiers. Some Chinese eats worms, termites and even cockroaches.
However, Japan has never had such custom or culture. Though the Japanese eats plants such as root or weed, they don't eat human in its history of 2600 years. They have a culture that they do Harakiri to kill themselves.
I don't know why this apologist self-abuse the Japanese...
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