George R. Packard


On his book Edwin O. Reischauer and the American Discovery of Japan

Cover Interview of October 12, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“America desperately needs more experts like Reischauer.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“With Kennedy’s death in 1963 and President Johnson’s escalation of the war in Vietnam (1964-66), Reischauer found himself in the excruciating position of having to defend a war that he found indefensible—or resign.”

On the second:

“I found Reischauer’s life to be profoundly interesting, and perhaps even tragic, as a human interest story.”