Children playing among the ruins in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, in 1945. (© Werner Bischof/Magnum Photos)
Year Zero: A History of 1945 by Ian Buruma (Atlantic, £14.99)
Ian Buruma’s sprightly new book is not literally a history of 1945. Instead “year zero” is a metaphor for the immediate response to peace, even if hostilities in Japan did not end until the last few months of 1945. Buruma, an insightful essayist who has written several books about Japan as well as his Dutch homeland, gives his book a refreshingly global perspective,…
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