This Scorching Earth: A Novel of the Occupation of Japan
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The Allied Occupation of Japan was more than an amazing military operation: it also created one of the most singular civilizations of modern history. It was made up of some of America's best minds and some of its worst, of some genuine idealists and some who simply "never had it so good," of women hungry for men, men hungry for power, and a fortunate leavening of ordinary, decent people. It was an astonishing and often terrifying little empire—now as dead as those of the Medes and Persians.
All these characters—and many more—are skillfully set into the living mosaic which was the Occupation of Japan, in a dramatic story which pulls no punches. And if the reader thinks he detects himself or his friends (or enemies) among its pages, he will agree this historical novel is quite historical. But it's not often that history gets such controversial, sometimes infuriating, often hilarious, and always stimulating novel—which builds up to a final climax guaranteed to rouse the most jaded reader.
whom the sedan was for. You never saw them waiting in front of the billet except very late, when the field-grade officers were saying good-night to their girls. The hotel was for lower-rated civilian girls, who never got to use anything better than a jeep. Only the upper grades rated sedans. She found herself wondering about Dottie, who could get a sedan on the strength of her husband's high civilian rank. So, then, whose transportation could this he but Dottie's ? But she'd said she'd come in
dish which used both the egg and the chicken, • 12. to say nothing of frightening quantities of black-market rice-and her brother was cleaning the entire house. "Yes, there are enough people, I think," said Sonoko. "But you must remember your position with the Americans, dear Sonoko. This is an important occasion~ This may well further your Career ! " Mrs. Odawara knew all about careers, for she had had several. She had been an Emancipate d Woman in the Taisho Era, and during early Showa had
was life itself. Long ago he had learned that if you did not take yourself seriously, no one else was likely to. To be sure, it was not the way to become popular. Becoming popular was easy: all one needed was a fairly destructive sense of humor and a complete lack of dignity, • 90. The Colonel had often longed for popularity, but eventually ·he always believed that it was ··better to take himself seriously__:to refuse to see himself as ·others saw him, in the perspective which would have
turned to her and leaned forward. "You know, Miss Wilson, I feel exactly the same way. You and I agree on. that." Gloria skilfully slid her hand across the seat, out of reach of the Major's. "Isn't it beautiful?" said the M11jor, indicating the park, though at the moment they were again in the midst of blackened ruins. "Gorgeous," murmured Gloria. She waved her hand toward the window. "Particularly that portion." A woman had come from one of the board huts nearby .148. and was squatting on the
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