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Racing the Enemy

Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan

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$30.50 • £24.95 • €27.50

ISBN 9780674022416

Publication Date: 09/30/2006


432 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

44 halftones, 5 maps - as two 16-page inserts

Belknap Press


  • Maps*
  • Note on Transliteration and Spelling
  • Introduction: Race to the Finish
  • 1. Triangular Relations and the Pacific War
  • 2. Stalin, Truman, and Hirohito Face New Challenges
  • 3. Decisions for War and Peace
  • 4. Potsdam: The Turning Point
  • 5. The Atomic Bombs and Soviet Entry into the War
  • 6. Japan Accepts Unconditional Surrender
  • 7. August Storm: The Soviet–Japanese War and the United States
  • Conclusion: Assessing the Roads Not Taken
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * Maps
    • 1. Japan at War, 1945
    • 2. August Storm
    • 3. Central Tokyo
    • 4. Soviets’ Kuril Operation
    • 5. Battle of Shimushu

Awards & Accolades

  • 2006 Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • 2005 Association of American Publishers PSP Award for Excellence, History & American Studies Category
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