You are invited to join the Royal United Services Institute for the book launch of Hirohito’s War: The Pacific War, 1941-1945 by Francis Pike.
Hirohito’s War offers an original interpretation of the Pacific War, balancing the existing Western-centric view with attention to the Japanese perspective on the conflict. Along with ‘blow-by-blow’ accounts of campaigns and battles, Francis Pike offers many challenges to the standard narrative, in particular questioning popular assumptions about the origins and causes of the conflict and asking whether or not US victory was inevitable.
The event will be chaired by Richard Davenport-Hines, a British historian and literary biographer, and will include a Q and A session with the author and the opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing.
Francis Pike studied history at Cambridge and is an historian and journalist. He lived and worked for over 25 years in Japan, China and India as an economic and political strategist and in this capacity he advised a number of financial institutions as well as governments.