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9 best books about the Pacific War

World War II is sometimes thought of as primarily a fight against Nazi Germany, with the war in the Pacific as an after-thought. Yet the pro rata casualty rate among Americans in the Pacific was more than three times higher than in Europe. Fortunately, there is no shortage of worthwhile books about the Pacific War.

1. "Japan: 1941," by Eri Hotta

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Japan’s decision to launch a war against the United States is masterfully recounted in Eri Hotta’s Japan: 1941 (Knopf Doubleday, 2103). Few of the Japanese warlords who launched the war thought they could win a protracted fight against America’s vast industrial machinery and human resources.  But they hoped a crushing defeat at Pearl Harbor would lead the Americans to sue for peace and end the economic embargo that threatened to strangle Japan’s expansionist designs on Asia. It was a grievous miscalculation.  

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