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The American Occupation of Japan.

Historian John Dower is the author of "Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II" (W.W. Norton) about the aftermath of the war on Japan, and the American military occupation. Dower says he wanted to capture a sense of what it meant to start over in a "ruined world" for people at all levels of society and how that time became a "touchstone for affirming a commitment to 'peace and democracy.'" Dower is the Elting E. Morrison Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Other segments from the episode on April 5, 1999

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 5, 1999: Interview with Fred Hiatt; Interview with John Dower; Commentary on Arthur Alexander.



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