Thomas Laqueur: Pearl Harbor Redux, 25 August 2011
Show More Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor/Hiroshima/9-11/Iraq by John Dower.
Norton/The New Press, 596 pp., £22, October 2010, 978 0 393 06150 5Show More
“... In June 2001, John Dower, a historian of Japan, wrote a comment piece in the New York Times about the blockbuster movie Pearl Harbor. The problem with it, he thought, was not its predictable romantic digressions or historical errors but its moral obtuseness. Like earlier films on the subject, it was ‘a paean to patriotic ardour and an imagined American innocence … sanitised to an attractive level of virtual violence ...”