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Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire

NEW YORK: PENGUIN PRESS, 2001 496 PAGES, ISBN: 978-0141001463, PAPERBACK Reviewed by Frederick R. Dickinson Debating the Bomb Clausewitz was spot on in describing war as “part of the intercourse of the human race,” but writing before the advent of the nation-state, even he could not fathom the full force of military conflict. One would expect the Pacific War to top the list of major events of the twentieth century, but would Clausewitz have anticipated that a 1999 poll of...