Embracing Defeat

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Embracing Defeat
First edition cover
Author John W. Dower
Country United States
Language English
Genre History
Publisher W.W. Norton & Co.
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 676
ISBN 978-0-393-32027-5
Preceded by The Bombed: Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japanese Memory, Diplomatic History 19, no. 2
Followed by Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II is a history book written by John W. Dower and published by W. W. Norton & Company in 1999.[1] The book covers the Occupation of Japan by the Allies between August 1945 and April 1952, delving into topics such as Douglas MacArthur's administration, the Tokyo war crimes trials and Hirohito's controversial Humanity Declaration.

Described by The New York Times as "magisterial and beautifully written,"[2] the book won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction,[3] the 1999 National Book Award,[4] the 2000 Bancroft Prize,[5] the 2000 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, the Mark Lynton History Prize and the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.[6]


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  1. Dower, John W. (1999). Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II. W. W. Norton & Company. pp. 676 pages. ISBN 0-393-04686-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "This Space Occupied". The New York Times. 1999-07-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Pulitzer Prize Winners: General Non-Fiction" (web). pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2008-03-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "National Book Awards – 1999" (web). National Book Foundation. 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (With acceptance speech.)
  5. "The Bancroft Prizes; Previous Awards" (web). Columbia University Libraries. Retrieved 2008-03-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners" (web). Los Angeles Times. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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