Friends of the National World War II Memorial Presents:

"The Miraculous Deliverance from an Epic Tragedy: The End of the Asia Pacific War" by Richard B. Frank

Monday, August 31, 2020 at 2:00pm EDT

Richard B. Frank

Richard B. Frank is an internationally recognized leading authority on the Asia-Pacific War.  He published his first book Guadalcanal in 1990.  His second work, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, appeared in 1999 and has been called one of the six best books in English about World War II.  Both Random House books won awards and became main selections of the History Book Club.  In 2007, he completed MacArthur as part of the Palgrave Great Generals series.   The first volume of his trilogy on the Asia Pacific War 1937-1945, Tower of Skulls, was published in March 2020.

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While most Americans have some sense of the horrors of the European phase of World War II, very few now recall the stupendous loss of life in the Asia Pacific War from 1937 to 1945.  

This presentation seeks to restore understanding of an Asia Pacific War death toll reaching 25 million that makes the Asia Pacific War one of the greatest tragedies in human history.  Within that overall figure rests a vast disparity between the deaths sustained and inflicted by Imperial Japan, especially on other Asian noncombatants.  This aspect of the war warps relations in Asia to this day.

The other main theme of the presentation is the astonishing contingency of multiple steps leading to the end of the war.  The surrender of the Japanese government and the Japanese armed forces lurched through one crisis to another before peace finally descended in what seemed a miraculous deliverance.

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This presentation is entirely free and open to the public. A Zoom account will be required to attend.

Monday, August 31, 2020 at 2:00pm EDT

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The Friends of the National World War II Memorial’s education programs are generously supported by the
Jack C. Taylor / Enterprise Rent-A-Car WWII Memorial Education Endowment.