The Japanese Thread: A Life in the U.S. Foreign Service

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The Japanese Thread: A Life in the U.S. Foreign Service

By John K. Emmerson
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978
485 pp. $16.95
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A man of deep culture, sensitivity to people, and personal character, the author tells a fascinating story of fateful events in East Asia between 1935 and the early 1950s. Thereafter, Emmerson's honest reporting, especially from Yenan, stunted his career in the rancid 1950s, and he treats only briefly of his later service. The book shows the working Foreign Service at its best; the vivid picture of the successive stages in the transformation of Japanese society is particularly valuable.