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Book Title: Japan's Dream of World Empire - The Tanaka Memorial|
The author of the book: Carl Crow
ISBN 13: 9781473382503
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Reader ratings: 5.9
Edition: Trollope Press
Date of issue: April 16th 2013
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Update: I just read that this book is considered a forgery by most modern scholars. Regardless of its origin, it's a gripping read none the less because it so closely telegraphs the Japanese pre-war moves in China and even if it's nothing but propaganda, gives some insight into how Japan's enemies viewed them at the time. I still recommend reading it.
This book gave me a greater understanding of the Japanese strategy leading into World War II. It is an engrossing read, and its matter of fact plan for world domination left me at once impressed with the Japanese ability to develop and implement a long term strategy over the course of years, and then horrified by the blatant imperialism expressed within its pages. I would recommend The Far Eastern Crisis by Henry L. Stimson as a good complement to this book as it shows how the Japanese were able to implement parts of this strategy during the invasion of Manchuria in 1931 with little communication and often to the amazement of their enemies and the international community at large. Basically the Japanese Generals were always looking for opportunities to implement the plan and did so time and time again during their campaign. I highly recommend this quick read.
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Read information about the authorCarl Crow was a Missouri-born newspaperman, businessman, and author who managed several newspapers and then opened the first Western advertising agency in Shanghai, China. He ran the agency for 19 years, creating calendar advertisements and the so-called sexy China Girl poster. He was also founding editor of the Shanghai Evening Post.
In the 1930s and 1940s, Crow wrote 13 books; and his most popular book, 400 Million Customers (1937)won one of the early National Book Awards: the Most Original Book of 1937.
Carl Crow arrived in Shanghai in 1911 and made the city his home for a quarter of a century, working there as a journalist, newspaper proprietor, and groundbreaking ad-man. He also did stints as a hostage negotiator, emergency police sergeant, gentleman farmer, go-between for the American government, and propagandist. As his career progressed, so did the fortunes of Shanghai. The city transformed itself from a dull colonial backwater when Crow arrived, to the thriving and ruthless cosmopolitan metropolis of the 1930s.
Among Crow’s exploits were attending the negotiations in Peking which led to the fall of the Qing Dynasty, getting a scoop on the Japanese interference in China during the First World War, negotiating the release of a group of western hostages from a mountain bandit lair, and being one of the first westerners to journey up the Burma Road during the Second World War. He met and interviewed most of the major figures of the time, including Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek, the Soong sisters, and Mao Zedong’s second-in-command Zhou En-lai. During the Second World War he worked for American intelligence alongside Owen Lattimore, co-ordinating US policies to support China against Japan.
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