Mankind's only alternative 28   JAN.   23  
Mankind's only alternative

The Fall of The eXile For all those wondering what the "Save The eXile Fundrasier" banner is all about, here it is as simply as it can be phrased: The eXile is shutting down.
June 11, 2008 in eXile Blog

War Nerd: War of the Babies in Taki's Magazine The War Nerd talks about babies, the greatest weapon of the 20th century.
May 28, 2008 in eXile Blog

Kids, Meet Your President A website for Russian kids to learn all about President Medvedev's passion for school, sports and family.
May 22, 2008 in eXile Blog

Cellphone Democracy Cam If this girl was exposed to Jeffersonian democracy...
May 20, 2008 in Face Control

More Classy B&W Dyev Photos Yet another hot Russian babe imitating the Catpower look...
May 20, 2008 in Face Control

Proof That Genetic Memory Is Real! Sure, the Ottomans shut down the Istanbul Slavic slave markets centuries ago...
May 15, 2008 in Face Control

Russia's Orthodox Church Youth Outreach Program The priest is going, "Father Sansei is very impressed with grasshopper Sasha’s...
May 15, 2008 in Face Control

More Classy B&W Club Photos w/Russian Dyevs We took the Pepsi Challenge here...
May 15, 2008 in Face Control

Blogs RSS feed

Book Review June 29, 2006
Book Review: The Scholar and the Whore
By John Dolan Browse author Email
Page 3 of 3

Hasegawa has assembled many quotes from memos, diaries and meeting notes to demonstrate that the Soviet attack shocked the Imperial circles far more than did the atomic bombs. Hirohito himself said, "The Soviet Union declared war on us, and entered into a state of war as of today: Because of this it is necessary to study and decide on the termination of the war."

Hasegawa's story is a weird, compelling one, and his case for revising our view of the leadup to VJ Day is overwhelming. Unfortunately, I doubt it will get the attention it deserves. It's just not a very pleasant or inspirational story, so the consensus will give it a polite nod and return to peddling the standard Paul Fussell fairytale: We dropped the bomb to save GIs' lives and slap the Japs awake, and thank God we did.

In my last book review, I discussed John L. Gaddis's consensus version of 20th-c. history, Cold War, and noted that Gaddis merely cites Hasegawa's book, then proceeds to tell the Fussell version of the end of WW II in the Pacific, not even bothering to argue with the dissenting account.

There's a stark contrast between Gaddis' book and Hasegawa's. Bluntly stated, Hasegawa is a true scholar and Gaddis is a whore. I think it might be a good idea to start treating the scholars with respect and treating the whores like whores. I suggest that Professor Hasegawa be given Professor Gaddis' chair at Yale, and that Professor Gaddis be given the employment for which Nature has fitted him: kneeling at an endowed glory hole in the toilet of the Republican Caucus.

SHARE:  Digg  My Web  Facebook  Reddit

Browse author
Caucasian Taxi Driver
Field Guide To Moscow: Onagus Khayastanicus :

The Russian Housing Crisis :

Your Letters :
US Elections Special Part I: A McCainiac On The Loose :


Save The eXile: The War Nerd Calls Mayday
The future of The eXile is in your hands! We're holding a fundraiser to save the paper, and your soul. Tune in to Gary Brecher's urgent request for reinforcements and donate as much as you can. If you don't, we'll be overrun and wiped off the face of the earth, forever.

Scanning Moscow’s Traffic Cops
Automotive Section
We’re happy to introduce a new column in which we publish Moscow’s raw radio communications, courtesy of a Russian amateur radio enthusiast. This issue, eXile readers are given a peek into the secret conversations of Moscow’s traffic police, the notorious "GAIshniki."

Eleven Years of Threats: The eXile's Incredible Journey
Feature Story By The eXile
Good Night, and Bad Luck: In a nation terrorized by its own government, one newspaper dared to fart in its face. Get out your hankies, cuz we’re taking a look back at the impossible crises we overcame.

Your Letters
Russia's freedom-loving free market martyr Mikhail Khodorkovsky answers some of this week's letters, and he's got nothing but praise for President Medvedev.

Clubbing Adventures Through Time
Club Review By Dmitriy Babooshka
eXile club reviewer Babooshka takes a trip through time with the ghost of Moscow clubbing past, present and future, and true to form, gets laid in the process.

The Fortnight Spin
Bardak Calendar By Jared Lindquist
Jared comes out with yet another roundup of upcoming bardak sessions.

Your Letters
Richard Gere tackles this week's letters. Now reformed, he fights for gerbil rights all around the world.

13 Toxic Talents: Hollywood’s Worst Polluters
America By Eileen Jones
Everybody complains about celebrities, but nobody does anything about them. People, it’s time to stop fretting about whether we’re a celebrity-obsessed culture—we are, we have been, we’re going to be—and instead take practical steps to clean up the celebrity-obsessed culture we’ve got...


    MAIN    |    RUSSIA    |    WAR NERD     |    [SIC!]    |    BAR-DAK    |    THE VAULT    |    ABOUT US    |    RSS

© "the eXile". Tel.: +7 (495) 623-3565, fax: +7 (495) 623-5442