Ian Buruma has written an excellent companion to Max Hastings' two most recent books on WWII, Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 and Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945. Year Zero (2013) was inspired by Buruma's desire to explore what the end of the war was like for his father who was a displaced person sent to work in Germany during the war in a factory after Holland was occupied by the Nazis. He also previously wrote a book on the wartime guilt of Japan and Germany in The Wages of Guilt: Memories Of War In Germany And Japan. The book is divided into three sections: "Liberation Complex," "Clearing The Rubble," and "Never Again." Each section is then further divided into three sub sections, in "Liberation Complex" there are three chapters: 1. "Exultation," 2. "Hunger," 3. "Revenge." For Part Two the three chapters are: 4. "Going Home," 5. "Draining the poison," and 6. "The Rule of Law." And the last section has the following chapters: 7. "Bright Confident Morning," 8. "Civilizing the Brutes," and 9. "One World." And Buruma concludes the book with an epilogue. He does an excellent job of providing an overview of all the issues related to the end of the war such as occupation, repatriation, laws regarding justice, issues of displaced people, the formation of the United Nations, issues of liberation for former colonies, and more. Buruma also does an excellent job of incorporating primary sources from journals and letters from prominent people, like authors or political figures, as well as ordinary citizens. Once again Buruma proves he is one of the most diverse and consistent public intellectuals writing today.