Korea’s Place in the Sun: A Modern History
Cumings, Bruce.New York: W.W. Norton, 1997, 2005.
War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War
Dower, John W.New York: Pantheon, 1986.
Analyzing racial stereotypes used in the popular media such as cartoons and propaganda film on both the Japanese and the U.S. sides, Dower examines the Pacific War as a “race war.”
The Sun Never Sets: Confronting the Global Network of U.S. Foreign Military Bases
Gerson Joseph and Bruce Birchard (Eds.) 1990.
A very useful book which describes the US military presence in the Pacific, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Central America. Some details need updating but the overall argument still holds.
Manifest Destiny: American Expansion and the Empire of Right
Stephanson, Anders. New York: Hill and Wang, 1995.
A concise historical overview of how the notion of “manifest destiny” and the sense of mission has informed the United States’ “internal” expansion as well as its foreign relations.
Hidden Horrors: Japanese War Crimes in World War II
Tanaka, Yuki.Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1997.
Based on meticulous research of previously unavailable sources, the book documents Japanese atrocities in World War II, including victimization of sexual slaves called “comfort women.” Without denying individual and state responsibility, Tanaka shows how war dehumanizes soldiers.