In the Ruins of Empire: The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia - Ronald H. Spector Illuminating look at the occupation of Southeast Asia after WW2. As Gomer Pyle might say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!" -- it wasn't the well organized model that our myths tell us it was. Outside of Japan, where there actually was a post-war occupation plan, it resembled our debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan.