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Robert Leckie, Book Review Of Okinawa: The Last Battle Of World War Ii

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Robert Leckie’s book, Okinawa: The Last Battle of World War II, is entirely about one of World War II’s most brutally fought battles. On April 1, 1945, the U.S. invaded Japan, attacking the island of Okinawa with 540,000 U.S. Army and Marines, and 1,600 ships. “ L Day” was the official name for this day. The L stood for “Landing,” but the Americans who invaded the Hagushi Beaches that day without any trouble from the Japanese, called it “Love Day.” This battle was the last battle of World War II and lasted a whopping eighty-three days. This invasion greatly outnumbered D-Day in weapons and in men.
Former Marine and Pacific War veteran, Robert Leckie describes this battle in depth, not only ...view middle of the document...

Leckie does not describe individuals weighing their costs and benefits or the choice they decide to make. He does a great job of descriptively covering the events of the Okinawa invasion and does not tell the story from one particular point of view. However, I believe a better understanding of economics could help make this book better.
One of the routes Leckie could have went about to describe if this battle was rational or not was to talk about the length of the war. Was eighty-three days of fighting rational? Most regular people would say that this is not rational. Not only did thousands of men lose their lives, but all the weapons or ships that were damaged or destroyed was very costly. Don’t forget the opportunity cost of the income that could have been earned in other lines of work. These are only a few of the costs that this battle brought on for not only the Americans but the Japanese as well. On the other hand, the major benefit from this battle was the fact that Okinawa would be an essential 'springboard to victory' for the Allies. From Okinawa, the Allies could attack the mainland by air or sea and ultimately win the war. These eighty-three days were necessary in order to strategically invade this island and eventually invade and control Japan.
From an economic standpoint I believe that this battle was rational, and it needed to be fought in order to end the entire war. Although the length of this battle was not ideal, it still needed to be fought in order for the invasion of Japan to take place. Okinawa was invaded months before the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, so at the time of the invasion, the bombs were not even a reliable weapon. Given the assumption that nuclear weapons would add nothing to success, the battle of Okinawa was necessary to end...

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