New Book Reexamines Some Controversies of World War II

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War veteran, William Ervin Keener, provides a thought-provoking study of two countries that played major roles in the Second World War

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The controversy surrounding history books in Japan sparked from what some international observers perceived to be Japanese nationalistic efforts to whitewash the actions of the Japanese Emperor during the Second World War. In “Were the A-Bombs Necessary?”, war veteran William Ervin Keener revisits this debate and invites readers to closely examine the events that constitute a grim period in history and Japan’s role in it.

Keener served four and half years in the Navy during World War II. In his book, he looks back into that unforgettable time in his life and offers an intense glimpse into the tragic sequence of events that punctuated the war. In writing, Keener raises some questions on essential topics such as patriotism, censorship and the treatment of prisoners of war.

From the onset of the conflict to the attack on Pearl Harbor, from the dropping of the atomic bombs to the War Crime Trials, Keener revisits some of the most vital wartime events and gives a compelling study of Japan before its conquests to rule the Western Pacific. He also uses his arguments to emphasize that the United States was not the aggressor. He says,

“Japan still claims America was the aggressor in this conflict. As late as 1970, their Prime Minister has denied their military committed certain atrocities. This book will state otherwise.”

Thought-provoking and relevant, “Were the A-Bombs Necessary?” brings to light a number of important truths about two countries that had significant parts to play in World War II. More than just an exposé, this book captures one man’s passion for his country and for the people who, just like him, served it during a critical time in its history.

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About the Author
William Ervin Keener is a native of West Virginia. He spent four and a half years in the Navy from Pearl Harbor to Japan. After the Second World War he spent many years as a salesman and in sales management. He is the father of two daughters and one son. He and his wife presently reside on the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Were the A-Bombs Necessary? * by William Ervin Keener
Publication Date: August 22, 2012
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 57 pages; 978-1-4771-3486-3
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 57 pages; 978-1-4771-3487-0
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-3488-7

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