AMERICA’S JAPAN: The First Year 1945-1946, by Grant K. Goodman, translated by Barry D. Steben. New York: Fordham University Press, 2005, 155 pp., $24.95 (cloth).

Grant K. Goodman is a professional historian of Japan, specializing in the relations between the Dutch and the Japanese in the Edo Period, and the development of Dutch Studies (Rangaku) in Japan. But here he writes on the basis of his personal experiences as a translator/ interpreter/interrogator in the U.S. Army in the last stages of the war and the first year of the Occupation.

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