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‘The Typist’: MacArthur in Tokyo

Awhile back, one of you recommended this novel about the American occupation of Japan. I read it and sort of enjoyed it. I found it kind of slight. My favorite was the opening vignette, titled ‘The Atom Bowl,’ about a football game in Hiroshima. It did make me think there is a good prequel for ...

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Awhile back, one of you recommended this novel about the American occupation of Japan. I read it and sort of enjoyed it. I found it kind of slight. My favorite was the opening vignette, titled 'The Atom Bowl,' about a football game in Hiroshima.

Awhile back, one of you recommended this novel about the American occupation of Japan. I read it and sort of enjoyed it. I found it kind of slight. My favorite was the opening vignette, titled ‘The Atom Bowl,’ about a football game in Hiroshima.

It did make me think there is a good prequel for John Adams to write to ‘Nixon in China,‘ titled ‘MacArthur in Toyko.’ Maybe a trilogy, with the third part yet to come. Maybe McCain in Hanoi’?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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