Portside typically aims at reviewing books offering a radical, cogent POV. This is not the case for the book here, a political slapdash whose trade-promoted author justifies if not glorifies mass slaughter in promoting war aims and imperial ventures.
Taken together, or alone, the reasons offered in defense of the bomb do not justify the massacre of civilians. We debase ourselves, and the history of civilization, if we accept that Japanese atrocities warranted an American atrocity in reply.
Unlike Kim Philby, Cold War-era Soviet master spy Richard Sorge is not yet the subject of multiple novels, profiles and transatlantic espionage dramas. He, his exploits and his tragic end at the hands of Japanese militarism should be better known.