A very short review

In Inventing Japan: 1853-1964 Ian Buruma writes elegantly about the Japanese transformation from an inward-looking country to a colossal superpower that threatened the Western empires. This book not only tells what happened during these most fateful years but also why these changes took place. Though the book seems deceptively short, a great deal of information is packed into 177 pages. This really is a great example of a concise but elegant examination of modern Japanese history.