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The history of the world’s longest-reigning dynasty is revealed in this exposé of the Yamato Dynasty of Japan. Past events of the imperial rule, Japan’s relationship with the United States, and the modern role of the Dynasty are examined in this comprehensive look at the workings of the Japanese elite. The Yamato Dynasty provides a revealing look at Japan’s past and present and includes a historical outline of the country’s relationship with the United States. It examines the Meiji restoration, McArthur’s collusion with Hirohito, and much more.
“A deeply disturbing chronicle of pervasive corruption and greed of unspeakable violence visited upon people, values, and the truth.”–Kirkus Reviews
"...the strength of this work is the series of startling assertions, generally well documented, regarding Hirohito's reign. Their revelations concerning the emperor's relationship with MacArthur and the American occupation forces are bound to stir up controversy on both sides of the Pacific. This is an excellent survey of a dynasty that has often been neglected in the West."—Booklist (American Library Association)
"This fast-paced tale of oligarchic manipulation, imperial intrigue, chicanery, wartime plunder, and cover-up does manage to raise some profound questions about Japan's polity and society."
"The Seagraves have uncovered one of the biggest secrets of the twentieth century"—Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking
"[The Yamato Dynasty] dramatically brings the imperial family–and those behind it–to life, offering readers an intriguing glimpse behind the long-maintained veil of secrecy."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
List of illustrations • Cast of Main Characters • Author's Note: The Door to Heaven • Acknowledgments • Maps • Family Tree of the Yamato Dynasty • Prologue: Emperor Meets Shogun • Chapter 1: Reinventing the Emperor • Chapter 2: Bismark's Moustache • Chapter 3: The Tragic Prince • Chapter 4: The Caged Bird • Chapter 5: Out of the Cage • Chapter 6: Yamagata's Ghost • Chapter 7: Evil Spirits • Chapter 8: With the Princes at War • Chapter 9: The Exorcists • Chapter 10: Unclean Hands • Chapter 11: Japanese Gothic • Chapter 12: Invisible Men • Chapter 13: Eclipses of the Sun • Notes • Bibliography • Index