The Book

Imperial Japan's World War Two presents a fresh overview of the Asian-Pacific War (1931-45) and its victims, drawing particular attention to the neglected history of Imperial Japan's invasion of China and Southeast Asia. The book seeks to show that the war in Asia and the Pacific is as much about Shanghai, Nanking, and Manila as about Pearl Harbor, Midway, and Hiroshima. The narrative makes clear why Japan's WWII period aggression still touches deep emotions with East Asians and Western ex-prisoners of war. Knowledge of the enormity of Japan's total war is also necessary to assess the United States' and its allies' wartime reaction from Manchuria to Hiroshima. A broad statistical analysis is included to demonstrate the scale of the war's atrocities, suffering, death and destruction.

Synopsis & the Contents     Chapter 1: Remembrance

Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Perspective

The Author

Werner Gruhl draws on a lifetime interest in history, particularly the study of WWI and II, for this book. Here the author is shown hiking the Burma-Thailand WWII "Death Railway." He also made research trips to China and Japan, including Hiroshima. Gruhl is the retired Chief of NASA Headquarters' Cost and Economic Analysis Branch. In his 26-year NASA career he was responsible for in-depth collection, study, and analysis of spacecraft project management, technical, and statistical history to effectively estimate new spacecraft design costs. Examples of estimates made include the Hubble Space Telescope and the massive, manned International Space Station. Programs ranged in cost from the hundreds of millions to tens of billions of dollars. Gruhl served as a U.S. Marine in the Korean War. After graduation from the University of Wisconsin, he served as a U.S. Army officer in the Cold War. The book has been a 10 year research and writing endeavor.

Book Appendix

     War Statistics (Web Tables)

                 Web Tables
     War Crimes (Web List)

                 War Crimes Web Lists

     Supplemental Material

    Related Websites

    War Photos (Coming)

    Reviews and Comments (Coming)

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Hardcover, 254 pages

Copyright © 2006 Werner Gruhl