David Bergamini

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David Howland Bergamini (11 October 1928 – 3 September 1983,[1] in Tokyo)[2] was an American author who wrote books on 20th-century history and popular science, notably mathematics. Bergamini was interned as an Allied civilian in a Japanese concentration camp in the Philippines with his mother, father (John Van Wie Bergamini, an architect who worked for the American Episcopal Mission in China, Japan, the Philippines and Africa,) and younger sister for the duration of World War II.

According to Professor Charles Sheldon of the University of Cambridge, his 1971 book on Japan's Imperial Conspiracy "is a polemic which, to our knowledge, contradicts all previous scholarly work.... Specialists on Japan have unanimously demolished Bergamini's thesis and his pretensions to careful scholarship.[3]

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • The Fleet in the Window (a novel published in 1961)
  • The Universe (Life Nature Library) (1962; revised 1966, 1967)
  • Mathematics (Life Science Library) (1963)
  • Australia, Its Land and Wildlife (1964)
  • The Scientist (Life Science Library) (1965)
  • Japan's Imperial Conspiracy (1971), ISBN 0-688-01905-6
  • Venus Development (a novel published in 1976)


  1. ^ New York Times, 4 Sep 1983
  2. ^ Preface of Japan's Imperial Conspiracy
  3. ^ Charles D. Sheldon, "Japanese Aggression and the Emperor, 1931-1941, from Contemporary Diaries," Modern Asian Studies 10#1 (1976) pp 1-40; quote on p. 1; online