Know Thy Enemy: Cultural Misunderstanding and Leadership in Battle

Wars rarely turn out the way they are supposed to. A big reason is that combatants routinely misjudge their enemies, often for cultural reasons. Looking at the misunderstandings between the Japanese and Americans during the war in the Pacific, longtime Newsweek editor Evan Thomas draws lessons that apply to all wars in his book, Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign.

Speakers: Evan Thomas
Festival: 2007

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