The Valor of Ignorance


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This book, published in 1911, foresaw the Japanese expansion into the Pacific and Southeast Asia that led to World War II. It is a mixture of military evaluation, personal opinion, racial views and errors. When he is right he is right, but there are places where he is wrong. For instance, he cites the Japanese political system as insulating the military from politics. As a matter of fact, the Japanese constitution of the period gave the military veto over the political system, putting it control of it and square in the ...

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