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What if the U.S., like in Normandy, landed on the shores of Japan to engage in a massive tide-turning ground campaign?
In The Flowers of Edo, writer and renown WWII researcher Michael Dana Kennedy explores this alternate history in a revealing work of literary fiction. The story begins with Japanese-American Kenji Kobayashi, a decorated intelligence officer during World War II, being brought into MacArthur’s inner circle with other officers of high rank to plan their attack and potential invasion of his homeland. “Operation Downfall” will soon commence, with thousands of lives hanging in the balance, and a conflicted officer at its epicenter.
While a work of speculative fiction, The Flowers of Edo is being praised by military historians for its accurate portrayal of Japanese history and culture, as well as its evocation of one man’s story of the conflict inherent in commitment to family and country.
“The Flowers of Edo is an imaginative account of Japan’s final days of World War II as seen through the eyes of Ken Kobayashi...from the Philippines to Japan in a complex plot whose twists and turns produce a fast-paced drama filled with the larger-then-life personalities of the time, large doses of Japanese history and culture, and a surprising conclusion.” -- Edward J. Drea Ph.D author of Japan’s Imperial Arm.
“Kennedy’s book will provoke very interesting reflection on the ways in which the American experience of multi-cultural diversity has confronted members of many different groups with challenges to carve a personal path through family, love, loyalty, and identity.” —Ted Bestor, Professor of Japanese Studies Harvard University