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John Dower's War Without Mercy

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World War II impacted the globe in a way that will never be forgotten and will also be interpreted differently to different people. Some Americans believe the war was fought in defense of our country and cultural values. Others view the world war with a political or even economic point of view. John Dower challenges all these views on World War II with his thesis in “War Without Mercy” that World War II was a war associated greatly with racism that can be labeled as a race war and it greatly affected the behavior of the war. Through reports, propaganda, and personal accounts from soldiers John Dower successfully proves and supports his thesis that World War II was fought primarily as a race war. Dower writes "In the United States and Britain the Japanese were more hated than the Germans …show more content…
John Dower included valid information that supported and intrigued a reader especially when speaking on the different ways the Americans and Japanese viewed each other during the war. Reading the book allowed me, as a reader, to contrast the society during World War II to today regarding racism. I agree that with the books conclusion on the idea that the war was fought with racism but I find that the book limited information to only support this idea of the war being filled with Racism which does help convince the reader. Though the book kept me intrigued throughout, some parts of the book seemed repetitive. I felt that John Dower was restating elaborate ideas and reports from Americans that were relevant to his point on the racist war but were unnecessarily repeated. I would definitely recommend “War Without Mercy” to friend or family member because of how it clearly puts into perspective the racist ideas of the fighting countries as a whole during World War II with its valid support and intriguing descriptiveness of the different

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