Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan

Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan

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by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
     
 

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The powerful and riveting new book in the multimillion-selling Killing series by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

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

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The powerful and riveting new book in the multimillion-selling Killing series by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

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. Told in the same page-turning style of Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, and Killing Reagan, this epic saga details the final moments of World War II like never before.

Editorial Reviews

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“An enthralling, gripping account of the bloody battles, huge decisions, and historic personalities that culminated in the decision to drop the atomic bomb and brought the war in the Pacific to its climactic end. A masterful, meticulously researched work that captures the barbarity of the war waged by those who swore allegiance to the Japanese Emperor – and by those who crushed the military might of the Rising Sun.”

General David H. Petraeus, commander of the surge in Iraq (2007-8) and coalition forces in Afghanistan (2010-2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627790628
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/13/2016
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,073
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Bill O’Reilly is the anchor of The O’Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He is the author of the number-one bestsellers Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, and Killing Reagan.

Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. He and his wife live in Southern California with their three sons.

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Anonymous 10 days ago
Great historical read, learned a lot :-)
Anonymous 8 days ago
Love the author & great history lesson in all of the books, Every one knows in detail Hitler ' s "reign of terror"; Japan's "reign" truly was just as demonic. Curious after reading this book what Obama ' s reason for his apology about dropping the 2 bombs was. Civilians were told several times to leave the cities. The 2 bombs ended the war & saved thousands of lives. Praying another bomb similar to these will never be dropped again
Cform1970 7 days ago
Excellent Book! I finished this book in two days. Couldn't put it down. There was so much I didn't know about the decision to drop the atomic bomb. Mr O'Reilly explains it all in a very concise and entertaining way. I didn't feel like I was reading a "history book".
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Anonymous 11 days ago
Folks! Don't waste your time on this one I have been interested in WWII since I was a kid. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that both sides of my family took part in it. So despite not being into O'Reilly, I thought, ok, give it a try. Didn't read his book on WWII in Europe yet but well, the Asian part's really hits closer to home. And then I got very disappointed. USA Today Review puts it way better (and more nicely) than I can. (I'd put the URL here but Barnes and Noble won't let me). As they say here, if you haven't read much on WWII read John Dower's Embracing Defeat far more informative. General MacArthur is a FAR more fascinating guy than the book suggests. Don't take O'Reilly's silly, straw man caricature at face value! I'm going to go find myself a real bio on the guy. Or maybe one on his nemesis, the Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku, who is truly fascinating. A West Point and Harvard educated Japanese Admiral --probably the only one qualified to lead Japan in the war and completely recognizing that they couldn't win. I wanted to hate him because he's the architect of Pearl Harbor but the more I learned about the guy, the more interested I got. Completely sane, completely sure about Japan's defeat -- the situation of a very internationally educated Japanese navy having to be strapped to the no-nothing nationalist Japanese army. Finally, no nuance here about internment camp, dropping of the A-bomb, SCAP. Don't think he mentioned that both Eisenhauer and MacArthur were not for dropping the A-bomb. (And why didn't Truman stop the second A-bomb, made their point, right?) Might have put the book down by then, I got too annoyed.
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