Empires on the Pacific: World War II and the Struggle for the Mastery of Asia

Empires on the Pacific: World War II and the Struggle for the Mastery of Asia

Empires on the Pacific: World War II and the Struggle for the Mastery of Asia

Empires on the Pacific: World War II and the Struggle for the Mastery of Asia

Synopsis

A revisionist history that smashes the standard narrative of World War II in Asia & the Pacific, showing America's aim to replace Britain as East Asia's New Imperial Power.

Excerpt

The crowds had been converging on the White House all morning long. Shivering, their collars turned up and their hands stuck in their pockets, men and women were packed together in rows, straining to peer past the posts of the tall iron fence. Just after noon, the throng stirred. The glass front doors under the north portico of the executive mansion slid open and President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared, wearing a cape over his shoulders and gripping the arm of his son, James.

As he hobbled across the pavement, the president looked grim. Mrs. Roosevelt walked just behind him, wearing a stole and a hat with a veil. Flanked by two Secret Service agents, the Roosevelts clambered into the back of the waiting limousine. The agents closed the door and mounted the running boards, their overcoats and felt hats obscuring the view into the vehicle. Then, with one police car ahead and followed by seven more, all with their lights flashing and sirens blaring, the presidential limousine slid forward past the onlookers by the White House fence. The motorcade swung around the corner of the Treasury Building and raced through the intersections along Pennsylvania Avenue, heading east toward the Capitol. There . . .

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