Killing the Rising Sun

Killing the Rising Sun

How America Vanquished World War II Japan

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Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Killing the Rising Sun takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan. Across the globe in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. In Washington, DC, FDR dies in office and Harry Truman ascends to the presidency, only to face the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon. And in Tokyo, Emperor Hirohito, who is considered a deity by his subjects, refuses to surrender, despite a massive and mounting death toll.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627790628
Branch Call Number: 940.54 O'Reilly 2016
940.54 O'REILLY
940.5426 O66
Characteristics: 323 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Dugard, Martin - Author


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Apr 24, 2019

WOW, what a good read. The book takes you through some of the atrocities committed by the Japanese during their years of conquest for control of Asia and the U.S. involvement in the final days of WWII in the Pacific. Very good analysis and commentary on the event leading up to and following the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan that convinced them to surrender. And reconfirms what most history buffs already know, that Gen. Douglas McArthur was a complete and total a**.

Mar 04, 2017

Great documentation of history. Someone must keep this history alive and it's just as well be Bill O'reilly. I had not wanted to read it for a long time because I dont care much for the author's (Bill) TV persona (who advertises the shirt he is wearing live on TV!). The book made me see another side of Bill and its with much gratitude that I thank him for keeping this part of history alive. Again I gave in to reading it because it simply would not get off WSJ's best seller list. ...rightly so and I hope it stays there for a long long time.

Jan 22, 2017

If you want an easy to read history of the end of World War II in the Pacific, this will do the trick. It covers most of the main points, although the treatment of some of these is shallow, and a few important ones are ignored. It also contains a number of stories that do not relate to the main thread of the book - for example, the story of medic Desmond Moss and his incredible heroism on Okinawa (portrayed in the movie HACKSAW RIDGE) is very well done and interesting, but has nothing to do with the main story of the book. I read this book as a challenge because I am not a fan of O'Reilly. So, I was somewhat surprised to see that most of the book covered the story factually, if shallowly. I do question his assertions that MacArthur actually sent US troops into China (that is, he deliberately invaded Chinese soil in spite of orders to the contrary) during the Korean War. I notice in the references at the end of the book that he does not cite a single, specific title regarding the Korean War period of MacArthur's career.

Jan 02, 2017

An amazing account of the difficult, gut-wrenching decisions made during WWII in the Pacific theatre. I have great respect for those who were involved in leading our troops and our nation during this most difficult time in history.

Nov 15, 2016

My dad was a member of the occupation force of Toyko. Reading this book added needed context to his photos that he took of his time in Toyko. He passed away two years ago, and we found his photos last year. Great book and great read.

Oct 05, 2016

Highly recommend. Well written. I haven't read much history of WWII in the Pacific so this book was very informative for me. It covers military strategy, the development and dropping of the Atomic bomb which ended the very bloody war.


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