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#1 bomajoe

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:16 AM

Hi everyone,
My name is Joe. I've always enjoyed reading about history. One area that has always been on the top of my list to read about is WWII. Both of my grandparents served during the war. One was in the Air Force and the other was in the Navy.

I have read several books dealing with WWII in Europe. My favorite book dealing with this subject is The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer. I really enjoyed the approach the author took in explaining the events within Germany and Europe that led up to the war and the explanation of the major events of the war. I have been hoping to find a book that takes a similar approach in explaining why Japan went to war and what it was hoping to achieve.

That is how I stumbled upon this site. I have already learned of several more books that I want to pick up and read from here in just the first few threads I've read. Hopefully I'll be able to find a book or two about Japan's role in the war from start to finish.

Thanks for letting me join you!


#2 RabidAlien

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:35 AM

Heh. There's a whole forum here devoted to books! Dive in with both feet!!! (we don't recommend going in head-first, someone's been tossing rocks in again, so you never know what you'll hit)

BTW, Welcome Aboard!

#3 Ken The Kanuck

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 05:58 AM

Welcome, some fine folks here and they know their stuff.

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#4 Skipper

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 06:11 AM

Welcome and enjoy your stay with us on this fine forum. Lots of stuff about Europe and the rest of the world and many books and references too .

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#5 belasar

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 12:53 PM

Joe welcome to the forum. You might try John Toland's Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire. A little dense but covers Japan much as Shirer did.
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#6 mikebatzel

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 03:04 PM

Welcome to the Forum, Joe. I will second the good Bealsar's suggestion of reading Toland's work.
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#7 The_Historian

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:02 PM

Welcome to the forums!
Regards,

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#8 bomajoe

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 05:05 PM

Thanks for the John Toland recommendation! This sounds like exactly the type of book I was looking for.

#9 Spitfire_XIV

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 11:09 PM

Hi there Joe and welcome to the forum :)




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