The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan (Hardback)
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The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan (Hardback)

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Hardback 392 Pages / Published: 27/08/2020
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Shinzo Abe entered politics burdened by high expectations: that he would change Japan. In 2007, seemingly overwhelmed, he resigned after only a year as prime minister. Yet, following five years of reinvention, he masterfully regained the premiership in 2012 and, until his resignation in 2020, dominated Japanese democracy as no leader had done before. Abe inspired fierce loyalty among his followers, cowing Japan's left with his ambitious economic programme and support for the security and armed forces. He staked a leadership role for Japan in a region being rapidly transformed by the rise of China and India, while carefully preserving an ironclad relationship with Trump's America. The Iconoclast tells the story of Abe's meteoric rise and stunning fall, his remarkable comeback, and his unlikely emergence as a global statesman who laid the groundwork for Japan's survival in a turbulent century.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781787383104
Number of pages: 392
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Comprehensive and engaging.' -- The Economist
'In exhaustive detail, [Harris] describes a career of setbacks, half-successes and frustrated ambitions.' -- The Times
'The Iconoclast is a definitive, must-read biography of Abe, and will be the standard English-language work on his life and times for years to come.' -- The Japan Times
'Journalists, scholars - anyone interested in the political evolution of the leading democracy of East Asia - will need to add The Iconoclast to the reading pile.' -- Asia Times
'Reflecting on the past and speculating the future, the book contains rich insight about Japan under Abe's government as well as in the coming post-Abe era, which will help us envision Japan's future.' -- Nikkei Asian Review
'For more than a decade, Shinzo Abe has been the doorknob of international politics - largely unnoticed but functionally crucial. Throughout a period of tumult, both international and domestic, he has remained a grimly determined steady hand, a conservative force in a world of radical uncertainty. In translucent prose, Tobias Harris is a subtle commentator on Japan and a remarkably sure-footed guide to the inner workings of its longest-serving prime minister in history.' -- David Pilling, Financial Times, author of Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival
'Harris has very skilfully told one of the great political comeback stories of our era - the fall and rise of not just Abe Shinzo, but Japan itself. With colourful anecdotes and insightful analysis, the author shows us how Abe, a political blue-blood, pulled off the most remarkable second act in modern Japanese history by being an iconoclast. Harris tells how Abe challenged taboos and broke the mould to help Japan reclaim its confidence, and its rightful place in the world.' -- Martin Fackler, former Tokyo bureau chief, New York Times
'A superb biography of Abe Shinzo, Japan's longest-serving prime minister, as well as a remarkably detailed political history of Japan, from Abe's grandfather Prime Minister Kishi Nobusuke (1957-60) to Prime Minister Abe. Thoroughly researched, lucidly written. A great achievement.' -- Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University
'The Iconoclast is a well written and comprehensive chronicle of the politics and policies of Japan's longest serving prime minister.' -- Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Columbia University

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