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Gods of War

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The rivalry of World War II strains the close bond between the American McGlynn family and the Japanese Toda family.
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Published November 1986 by Tom Doherty Associates Llc (first published 1985)
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Scott Rhee
John Toland's novel "Gods of War" is one of those epic historical novels that was immensely popular in the '70s and '80s, most of them written by the likes of James Michener, Leon Uris, or Herman Wouk.

I happen to enjoy those kinds of novels, having read several of them, but I am well aware that these kinds of novels are no longer in style. It's a shame, really, that big is no longer better. Not that big was ever really better, mind you, but, as a bibliophile, there is nothing more satisfying th
Kerry Hennigan
When I first read John Toland’s mammoth novel “Gods of War” I had not been to Japan - or Singapore, for that matter. Whether it has been the passage of years or the first hand experience of Japan that has enhanced my reading of this book, you can believe that when I recently revisited it, it was with greater appreciation than ever.

Toland predominantly writes history, and both his novels about the McGlynn and Toda families are really history conveyed through a fictional narrative – a family drama
The author claims that he can write a truer history of WWII in the Pacific in the form of a novel rather than an academic history. The history seems well-researched and accurate. His skills as a novelist are not entirely up to the task but the book did teach me some history.
Dec 21, 2012 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
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ww11 pacific, told both sides in form of novel
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John Willard Toland (June 29, 1912 in La Crosse, Wisconsin - January 4, 2004 in Danbury, Connecticut) was an American author and historian. He is best known for his biography of Adolf Hitler.[1]

Toland tried to write history as a straightforward narrative, with minimal analysis or judgment. This method may have stemmed from his original goal of becoming a playwright. In the summers between his coll
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