American Samurai offers an innovative approach to military history by linking battlefield dynamics of the Pacific War to cultural, social, and institutional myth among marines of the First Division. Although it has elements of each, the book is neither a detailed campaign history nor a traditional unit history. It moves in roughly chronological order, but is organised thematically to explore how myth and imagination shaped the marines’ actions. It blends a humanistic approach of letting the actors speak for themselves in letters and memoirs with insights from the social sciences.
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Subtítulo: MYTH AND IMAGINATION IN THE CONDUCT OF BATTLE IN T