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The Resource Cultures of war : Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq, John W. Dower

Cultures of war : Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq, John W. Dower

Label
Cultures of war : Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq
Title
Cultures of war
Title remainder
Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq
Statement of responsibility
John W. Dower
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A comparative study of the dynamics and pathologies of war in modern times. Dower examines the cultures of war revealed by four powerful events--Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, and the invasion of Iraq in the name of a war on terror. The list of issues examined and themes explored is wide-ranging: failures of intelligence and imagination, wars of choice and "strategic imbecilities," faith-based secular thinking as well as more overtly holy wars, the targeting of noncombatants, and the almost irresistible logic--and allure--of mass destruction. Dower also sets the U.S. occupations of Japan and Iraq side by side in strikingly original ways. He offers comparative insights into individual and institutional behavior and pathologies that transcend "cultures" in the more traditional sense, and that ultimately go beyond war-making alone
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dower, John W
Dewey number
  • 355.00973
  • 303.66
  • 355.0274
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E745
LC item number
.D69 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • War and society
  • Strategic culture
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Cultures of war : Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq, John W. Dower
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
pt. I. "Pearl Harbor" as code: wars of choice and failures of intelligence. Infamy and the cracked mirror of history -- The failure of intelligence -- The failure of imagination -- Innocence, evil, and amnesia -- Wars of choice and strategic imbecilities -- "Pearl Harbor" as godsend -- pt. II. Ground Zero 1945 and Ground Zero 2001: terror and mass destruction. "Hiroshima" as code -- Air war and terror bombing in World War II -- "The most terrible bomb in the history of the world" -- The irresistible logic of mass destruction -- Sweetness, beauty, and idealistic annihilation -- New evils in the world: 1945/2001 -- pt. III. Wars and occupations: winning the peace, losing the peace. Occupied Japan and occupied Iraq -- Convergence of a sort: law, justice, and transgression -- Nation building and market fundamentalism -- Epilogue: Fools' errands and fools' gold
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxxvii, 596 p.
Isbn
9780393061505
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2010020395
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • ocn601094136
  • (OCoLC)601094136
Label
Cultures of war : Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq, John W. Dower
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
pt. I. "Pearl Harbor" as code: wars of choice and failures of intelligence. Infamy and the cracked mirror of history -- The failure of intelligence -- The failure of imagination -- Innocence, evil, and amnesia -- Wars of choice and strategic imbecilities -- "Pearl Harbor" as godsend -- pt. II. Ground Zero 1945 and Ground Zero 2001: terror and mass destruction. "Hiroshima" as code -- Air war and terror bombing in World War II -- "The most terrible bomb in the history of the world" -- The irresistible logic of mass destruction -- Sweetness, beauty, and idealistic annihilation -- New evils in the world: 1945/2001 -- pt. III. Wars and occupations: winning the peace, losing the peace. Occupied Japan and occupied Iraq -- Convergence of a sort: law, justice, and transgression -- Nation building and market fundamentalism -- Epilogue: Fools' errands and fools' gold
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxxvii, 596 p.
Isbn
9780393061505
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2010020395
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • ocn601094136
  • (OCoLC)601094136

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