Occupation

John Toland, Author Doubleday Books $19.95 (453p) ISBN 978-0-385-19819-6
This sequel to Gods of War by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, depicts Japan in the aftermath of World War II, focusing on the war criminal trials of Japan's top civil and military leaders while continuing the saga of the McGlynn and Toda families. It's less the fiction that rivets the attention here than the rich lode of historical detail, much of it used to support the view that America shares the blame for the war and that the Japanese military hierarchy received less than fair treatment in being judged by exclusively Western standards. The principal fictional characters are Professor McGlynn, special adviser to the new shogun, MacArthur (and eloquent mouthpiece for Toland's thoughts on the Japanese), and his four children: Floss, married to a Toda; Will, a lawyer for the prosecution at the trials; Mark, an ex-Marine; and Maggie, a journalist. Of the court dramas, all well done, the most stirring are those involving the trial and conviction of General Tojo, head of Japan's wartime government, who comes across as honorable and dignified, if feudal-minded. (October 16)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1987
Release date: 09/01/1987
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-8125-8902-3
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