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Japan 1941 - Countdown to Infamy

Eri Hotta

When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, argues Eri Hotta, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a conflict they were bound to lose. Availing herself of rarely consulted material, Hotta poses essential questions overlooked by historians in the seventy years since: Why did these men-military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor-put their country and its citizens in harm's way? Why did they make a decision that was doomed from the start? Introducing us to the doubters, bluffers, and schemers who led their nation into this conflagration, Hotta brilliantly shows us a Japan never before glimpsed-eager to avoid war but fraught with tensions with the West, blinded by traditional notions of pride and honor, nearly escaping disaster before it finally proved inevitable.

When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, argues Eri Hotta, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a conflict they were bound to lose. Availing herself of rarely consulted material, Hotta poses essential questions overlooked by historians in the seventy years since: Why did these men-military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor-put their country and its citizens in harm's way? Why did they make a decision that was doomed from the start? Introducing us to the doubters, bluffers, and schemers who led their nation into this conflagration, Hotta brilliantly shows us a Japan never before glimpsed-eager to avoid war but fraught with tensions with the West, blinded by traditional notions of pride and honor, nearly escaping disaster before it finally proved inevitable.
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When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, argues Eri Hotta, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a conflict they were bound to lose. Availing herself of rarely consulted material, Hotta poses essential questions overlooked by historians in the seventy years since: Why did these men-military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor-put their country and its citizens in harm's way? Why did they make a decision that was doomed from the start? Introducing us to the doubters, bluffers, and schemers who led their nation into this conflagration, Hotta brilliantly shows us a Japan never before glimpsed-eager to avoid war but fraught with tensions with the West, blinded by traditional notions of pride and honor, nearly escaping disaster before it finally proved inevitable.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Laural Merlington

Length:

13h 17m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

52:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:44:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

48:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

36:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

54:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

31:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

47:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

36:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

39:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

38:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:13:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

36:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

33:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

51:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

26:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

39:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

00:48