Our Man in Tokyo: An American Ambassador and the Countdown to Pearl Harbor


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$29.99  $27.89
Mariner Books
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6.4 X 9.7 X 1.6 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Steve Kemper is a journalist and the author of A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles through Islamic Africa, A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham, and Code Name Ginger. He has written for Smithsonian, National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Wall Street Journal, Yankee, National Wildlife, The Ecologist, Plenty, BBC Wildlife, and many other magazines and newspapers. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.


"Our Man in Tokyo is meticulously researched, and Mr. Kemper mines Grew's diaries and other primary sources to great effect. . . . It is gripping history, offering both drama and suspense, even when we all know how the story will end."
-- Wall Street Journal

"Expertly marshaled from Grew's diaries and reports, this is a poignant and profound look at diplomacy in action." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"As the US ambassador to Putin's Russia in the run-up to their first invasion of Ukraine, I found Our Man in Tokyo eerily familiar. Kemper's book is the essential history of an ambassador's efforts to preserve peace prior to World War II--a must-read if we're to learn from history and avoid repeating it." -- Michael McFaul, former US ambassador to Russia and New York Times bestselling author of From Cold War to Hot Peace

"Richly detailed narrative . . . . compelling . . . . A fine account of an American diplomat who did his best to contain Japanese ambitions in the run-up to World War II." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Steve Kemper's splendid portrait of the American ambassador to Japan during the lead-up to World War II will be of interest to a wide range of history lovers." -- BookPage (starred review)

"An enthralling, meticulous account of the events leading up to Pearl Harbor. Ambassador Joseph Grew, my grandfather, dedicated ten years to searching for diplomatic solutions in Japan. Steve Kemper's book honors this extraordinary man, with intriguing parallels to current events at home and abroad. It moved me deeply." -- Lilla Lyon, granddaughter of Ambassador Joseph Grew

"Engaging." -- Japan Times