Inventing Japan by Ian Buruma audiobook

Inventing Japan: 1853-1964

By Ian Buruma
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6.65 Hours Unabridged
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LA Times Book Award winner and expert on the past and present Japan, Ian Buruma examines the transformation of a country. Following Japan's history from its opening to the West in 1853 to its hosting of the 1964 Olympics, Buruma focuses on how figures such as Commodore Matthew Perry, Douglas MacArthur, and Emperor Mitsushito helped shape this complex country.

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New York Times Notable Book

LA Times Book Award winner and expert on the past and present Japan, Ian Buruma examines the transformation of a country. Following Japan's history from its opening to the West in 1853 to its hosting of the 1964 Olympics, Buruma focuses on how figures such as Commodore Matthew Perry, Douglas MacArthur, and Emperor Mitsushito helped shape this complex country.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Buruma's excellent new book charts the process of Japan's engagement with the Western world…A compelling read.” The Economist
“An excellent introductory study, complete with a helpful bibliography for those seeking more rigorous analyses.” Booklist
“Stylish and illuminating, Inventing Japan has the added virtue of being admirably concise. Students and general readers alike will find this grand overview of modern Japan’s many identities engaging and provocative.”  John W. Dower, author of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize
“Those familiar with Ian Buruma’s impressive body of work on Japan will not be disappointed by Inventing Japan. This compelling narrative captures the excitement, triumph, and failure of the century in which Japan abandoned its traditional ways and entered into the modern world.” James L. McClain, professor of history, Brown University; author of Japan: A Modern History
A witty and illuminating romp through a hundred years of Japanese history, written with Mr. Buruma’s usual style and insight.” Ronald Spector, professor of history and international relations, George Washington University; author of At War at Sea and Eagle Against the Sun.

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Author Bio: Ian Buruma

Author Bio: Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism at Bard College. His books include The China Lover, Murder in Amsterdam, Occidentalism,God’s Dust, Behind the Mask, The Wages of Guilt, Bad Elements, and Taming the Gods.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English