Heinmann, 1st ed., 1971. Xxxviii + 1239 pp., several photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Small owner’s label to f.f.e.p., red title on spine of d.j., typically faded with a little wear to edges & foxing to d.j., o/w V.G. One of the most important historical studies to have appeared for many years, this book completely shatters all previous accounts of Japanese history before and during World War II. It tells in detail how Emperor Hirohito and his faction planned step by step to force Japan into war against the West, and what has happened to the Emperor since then. The author spent seven years in original research and has also drawn upon his own experiences in Japan, China and the Philippines. Fluent in Japanese, he was able to consult confidential documents and diaries never translated from the original and to hold interviews with top officials in Japan itself. This is a crucial study.