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Michael Schaller supplies the historical background to show how the US transformed Japan from enemy to ally, covering the crucial years from 1945 to 1973 in which Japan emerged as a regional and global ecomic power. Schaller focuses on political, strategic, and ecomic relations, illuminating the connections between America's early trade policies toward Japan and the desire to secure the country as a bulwark against Communism in Asia.
Michael Schaller is Professor of History at the University of Arizona. He is the author of a number of books, including Reckoning with Reagan: America and its President in the 1980s; Douglas McArthur: Far Eastern General; The American Occupation of Japan: The Origins of the Cold War in Asia; and The United States and China in the Twentieth Century.