The main entrance to the Kyoto Palace, ancient home of the Japanese imperial family, is called the Door to Heaven. How the emperors fell from heaven is a story that crosses two world wars, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the American occupation of Japan, and Japan's phoenix-like rise from the ashes of the Second World War. In this authoritative biography, Sterling Seagrave, bestselling author of The Soong Dynasty, and Peggy Seagrave bring to light the uneasy history of the Yamato Dynasty, from Emperor Meiji in 1852 to the present day. Revealed here for the first time is the full scale of the Japanese looting operation, code-named Kin No Yuri ("Golden Lily") --which systematically removed billions of dollars' worth of gold, platinum, diamonds, art, religious artifacts, and other treasures from a dozen occupied countries during World War II--and the fate of these hidden assets after 1945. Drawing on decades of research, the Seagraves reveal Golden Lily and other secrets of the family's long reign, such as the police state resulting from the Meiji restoration; the folly that led to Japan's 1920s economic crash; the greed that forced hundreds of thousands of working-class girls into prostitution; the devastating effects of the Meiji dogma, which asserts that the imperial family is of divine descent and infallible; and how money--not Shinto--became the state religion of Japan. Among the most important revelations in The Yamato Dynasty is how Japan has transformed itself since World War II. After the war, Japan's "official" financial status was so dismal it seemed the nation might never recover from bankruptcy and devastation. Yet today Japan is one of the world's richest nations. In The Yamato Dynasty, the Seagraves expose the shocking backstage manipulations that enabled Japan's astonishing full recovery--and the American involvement that ensured its success. The Seagraves provide documentary evidence of how former President Hoover and General MacArthur colluded with Emperor Hirohito to deceive the world into thinking the war had bankrupted Japan, so that Tokyo would be exonerated from paying reparations and American investments would remain secure. The Yamato Dynasty shows how this promotion of American self-interest thwarted any hope of establishing true democracy in Japan, and denied war victims any compensation, while powerful figures like Hoover and MacArthur pocketed huge sums. Presenting the facts in uncompromising detail and raising important questions about the role of dynastic rule in the new millennium, The Yamato Dynasty tells the story of the powerful men hidden behind the screen--the shoguns and financiers who control the throne from the shadows. It takes readers behind the walls of privilege and tradition to reveal the true nature of a dynasty shrouded in myth and secrecy.