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Dawn of Darkness tells the hidden story behind the greatest scandal of the Second World War: how American soldiers miraculously overcame not only the Bataan Death March but medical experimentation in Manchuria under the Japanese weapons program.

Looming in the background is Ishii Shiro, who conducted germ tests on U.S. POWs, and after the war, struck a secret deal with General MacArthur, trading his grisly research in exchange for immunity from war crimes prosecution.

More than fifty years later, the public is just beginning to comprehend the full scope of this dim chapter in our history. The "Docu-Novel" Dawn of Darkness, an epic rendering of these events, plumbs the uneasy relationship between the United States and its veterans of war, exploring the hidden costs--and unseemly spoils--of "victory".


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    I had previously read about the Japanese atrocities during World War II, but until I read Dawn of Darkness, did I get a real understanding of the Japanese scientists' and doctors' systematic cruelty to the Chinese people and the American prisoners. I was also surprised to learn about the Japanese government's attempts to fly hundreds of balloons over the U.S., which was totally covered up by our government. The book is well written and reads quickly.
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    I really enjoyed this well written book because it describes situations during World War II that I didn't know about regarding what the Japanese did to our soldiers when they were imprisoned in the Philippines. Their "medical procedures" were truly shocking to me. Also, I liked that the book is a docu-novel rather than a non-fiction book. It really reads well and gets you into the minds of both the Japanese doctors and the American soldiers. It's a five-star book!
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    Good book, couldn't put it down. I didn't know about the death ships and the box cars packed with 80 to 100 men that were designed for only 40 men. A sad and awful ordeal that only got worse when our soldiers got to the POW camps. It's a well-told story about a little-known part of American history that should be read by everyone interested in truth.
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