Steve Kemper

Our Man In Tokyo: An American Ambassador and the Countdown to Pearl Harbor
The winner of the 2023 Douglas Dillon Award for a
Book of Distinction on the Practice of American Diplomacy

Our Man In Tokyo: An American Ambassador and the Countdown to Pearl Harbor
by Steve Kemper

Published by Mariner Books

Steve Kemper is an author and freelance journalist who has written four books and articles for many national magazines and newspapers. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, and has taught writing and journalism as an adjunct professor at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and at Fairfield University.

In Our Man in Tokyo, Steve Kemper offers the readers a fascinating account of diplomatic history between Japan and the US in the run-up to World War II, as well as a case study of how Joseph A. Grew, one of America’s most experienced and skilled diplomats of his time, dealt with a situation that over his nine-year mission in Japan (1932-1941) went gradually out of control. It is a tribute to the profession of diplomacy, which masterfully captures how an effective ambassador works on the ground. It is also a well-told story, which keeps the readers cheering on the well-meaning efforts of Grew and others around him despite knowing how the story ends. Finally, Kemper’s book highlights more than a few important lessons for the
current age, making it a must read for practitioners, students and the general public alike.