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The Wages of Guilt By Ian Buruma

The Wages of Guilt

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Looks at the ways in which the Germans and the Japanese have come to terms with the past and investigates the painful realities of living with guilt - and of denying it. Buruma argues that obsession with the past, especially distorted versions of it, is a threat to democracy today.

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The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan by Ian Buruma

Between the early 1930s and 1945, Germany and Japan went on the most destructive rampage the world has ever seen. The atrocities committed by their armies and police forces became a byword for human cruelty. Ian Buruma's new book is about the way the Germans and Japanese cope with this terrible past. It is about the painful realities of living with guilt, and of denying it. He meets people who will amaze the reader by the ingenuity of their evasion of responsibility. He goes to Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Hiroshima to see how history at its worst is remembered. He visits grotesque monuments, such as the Japanese shrine to the Kamikaze pilots.

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About Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma was educated in Holland and Japan, and spent many years in Asia. He has become one of the most distinguished writers of his generation on the Far East, in books such as God's Dust (Vintage) and A Japanese Mirror and in his essays for The New York Review of Books. He has also written a novel, Playing the Game, a ficitonal biography of K. S. Ranjitsinhji, the Indian Prince who played cricket for the MCC in Edwardian Britain.

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The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan by Ian Buruma
Ian Buruma
Used - Very Good
Vintage Publishing
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.