Retribution by Max Hastings
The Battle for Japan, 1944-45

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By the summer of 1944 it was clear that Japan's defeat was inevitable, but how the drive to victory would be achieved remained unclear. The ensuing drama—that ended in Japan's utter devastation—was acted out across the vast theater of Asia in massive clashes between army, air, and naval forces.

In recounting these extraordinary events, Max Hastings draws incisive portraits of MacArthur, Mao, Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and other key figures of the war in the East. But he is equally adept in his portrayals of the ordinary soldiers and sailors caught in the bloodiest of campaigns.

With its piercing and convincing analysis, Retribution is a brilliant telling of an epic conflict from a master military historian at the height of his powers.


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About Max Hastings

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MAX HASTINGS is the author of more than twenty books, most recently Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945. He has served as a foreign correspondent and as the editor of Britain's Evening Standard and The Daily Telegraph. He has received numerous British Press Awards, including journalist of the year in 1982 and editor of the year in 1988. He lives outside London.













Author Residence: London, England
 
Published March 18, 2008 by Vintage. 656 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Bracketing Armageddon, his 2004 study of the closing moments of the war in Europe, British journalist and editor Hastings (Warriors: Portraits from the Battlefield, 2006, etc.) recounts the desperate struggle to wrest the last of its overseas holdings from Japan’s rule and force the home islands ...

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The New York Times

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Max Hastings shows how Japanese madness met American ruthlessness in the final year of World War II.

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BC Books

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When I think of all the men and women who gave their lives, and their bodies — and in many cases, body parts — to stop the heinous crimes committed by the Japanese in Orient, I can only bow to them and say “Thank You!” This book receives my highest recommendation to readers of any age who dare ...

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BC Books

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While men were dying or struggling on battlefields or on the seas for sheer survival, the inflated egos of some top brass American generals became even more bloated in the Pacific war against Japan.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Award-winning British military historian and former journalist and editor Max Hastings (Bomber Command, Overlord, Battle for the Falklands, and Armageddon, 4 of 5 Stars Selection Mar/Apr 2005, among others), whose experience includes reportage from more than 60 countries and 11 wars, revisits th...

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Project MUSE

Two chapters on Burma enable Hastings to chronicle the considerable scale of the British Empire's effort against Japan and the achievements of General Bill Slim, the officer Hastings calls Britain's ablest field commander of the war.

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The Moderate Voice

Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 , published in March, focuses on the closing years of the war in the Pacific and among the lessons it offers is that the politicians who are starting wars these days like Bush and Putin, as well as pundits like Kristol and Kagan who are constantly agitat...

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