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Richard B. Frank

Richard B. Frank is a historian and one of the leading authorities on the Asian theater of World War II. His books include Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle, which won the Wallace M. Greene Award from the U.S. Marine Corps; Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese EmpireMacArthur, a short biography of the general; and his latest, Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War, a planned trilogy, the first volume of which came out in 2020.

Originally from Missouri, Frank served for four years in Vietnam as a rifle platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri (1969) and Georgetown University Law Center (1976).

Articles by this Author

When judging the morality of the use of atomic weapons in World War II, observers typically focus on Japanese deaths, while ignoring the far-larger number of non-Japanese casualties.
Leaders in Tokyo alone controlled when the war would end, but the regime's political structure was so complex that it crippled rational decision-making.