JOHN W. DOWER, born in 1938, is the Henry Luce Professor of International Cooperation and Global Stability at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Empire and Aftermath: Yoshida Shigeru and the Japanese Experience, 1878-1954 and The Elements of Japanese Design, and is the editor of The Origins of the Japanese State: Selected Writings of E. H. Norman and coeditor of The Hiroshima Murals: The Art of Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki.
War Without Mercy has been widely praised in the press: "May well
be the most important study of the Pacific War ever published."
--The New Republic "One of the handful of truly important books on the Pacific War . . . a cautionary tale for all peoples, now and in the future."
--Foreign Affairs "An exceptionally important book."
--Newsweek "Belongs in every general library . . . should be required reading for anyone interested in understanding the trade wars that have mercifully replaced the killing fields in the Pacific."
--The Boston Globe