Into the Rising Sun: World War II's Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat

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In his award-winning book Beyond Valor, Patrick O?Donnell reveals the true nature of the European Theater in World War II, as told by those who survived. Now, with Into the Rising Sun, O?Donnell tells the story of the brutal Pacific War, based on hundreds of interviews spanning a decade.

The men who fought their way across the Pacific during World War II had to possess something more than just courage. They faced a cruel, fanatical enemy in the Japanese, an enemy willing to use ...

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Into the Rising Sun: In Their Own Words, World War II's Pacific Veteran

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Overview

In his award-winning book Beyond Valor, Patrick O’Donnell reveals the true nature of the European Theater in World War II, as told by those who survived. Now, with Into the Rising Sun, O’Donnell tells the story of the brutal Pacific War, based on hundreds of interviews spanning a decade.

The men who fought their way across the Pacific during World War II had to possess something more than just courage. They faced a cruel, fanatical enemy in the Japanese, an enemy willing to use anything for victory, from kamikaze flights to human-guided torpedoes. Over the course of the war, Marines, paratroopers, and rangers spearheaded D-Day–sized beach assaults, encountered cannibalism, suffered friendly-fire incidents, and endured torture as prisoners of war. Though they are truly heroes, they claim no glory for themselves. As one soldier put it, "When somebody gets decorated, it’s because a lot of other men died."

By at last telling their stories, these men present a hard, unvarnished look at the war on the ground, a final gift from aging warriors who have already given so much. Only with these accounts can the true horror of the war in the Pacific be fully known. Together with detailed maps of each battle, Into the Rising Sun offers a complete yet deeply personal account of the war in the Pacific and a ground-level view of some of history’s most brutal combat.

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"Spending untold hours with proud and often laconic veterans, coaxing their stories with meticulous care, O'Donnell has shown us the wet, dark, jungled truth of the Pacific War."
—Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439192580
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 615,436
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick K. O'Donnell is a military historian and the author of six books: Beyond Valor, winner of the prestigious William E. Colby Award for Outstanding Military History; Into the Rising Sun; Operatives, Spies and Saboteurs; We Were One; The Brenner Assignment; and They Dared Return. He has provided historical consulting for DreamWorks’ award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers, and for documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and Fox News. He is an expert on WWII espionage, special operations, and counterinsurgency on the modern battlefield. O’Donnell is also the founder of the Drop Zone (thedropzone.org), an award-winning online oral history Web site. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Overview: The Elite Infantry of the Pacific 9

Chapter 1 Operation Shoestring 17

Chapter 2 Starvation Island: Guadalcanal 37

Chapter 3 Up the Solomons: Strangling Rabaul 63

Chapter 4 Burma: Merrill's Marauders 89

Chapter 5 New Guinea 119

Chapter 6 Into the Marianas 133

Chapter 7 Leyte: The Return to the Philippines 149

Chapter 8 Luzon 175

Chapter 9 Clearing the Philippines: Corregidor, Luzon, and Negros 193

Chapter 10 Into the Jaws of Hell: Iwo Jima 221

Chapter 11 The Last Battle: Okinawa 257

Chapter 12 Home 283

Appendix 293

Notes 295

Acknowledgments 305

Index 308

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