How does a man raised to be a military autocrat become a democratic emperor in just a few short years? Or is that even possible?
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Bix, Herbert. Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan.
Wetzler, Peter. Hirohito and War: Imperial Tradition and Military Decision Making in World War II Japan.
Large, Stephen. Emperor Hirohito and Showa Japan: A Political Biography.
Miller, Ian Jared. The Nature of the Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo.
The Shirayuki War Bond advertisement, from Time in June, 1945.
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