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

(Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Series #6)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  17,914 ratings  ·  1,757 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Arlon Boozer Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard are writing the best history books available today. Their books are well researched and documented. I see a lot of pre…moreBill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard are writing the best history books available today. Their books are well researched and documented. I see a lot of prejudice and ignorance in the question. Most people that complain about O'Reilly and Fox news never watch -- they are not interested in the truth.(less)
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Bill O'Reilly begins KILLING THE RISING SUN by warning readers of the troubling nature and violence the world witnessed in 1945 that is depicted here, and ends by recommending a visit to the monuments and museums describing the horrific damage. (can attest the Nagasaki museum is unforgettable)

Everybody knows the date December 7, 1941 as the disastrous day Pearl Harbor was bombed, but do you remember the date the first ever atomic bombs were dropped? I hate to admit I did not, but do now! Little

Jim Brown
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I have read all of O'Reilly's "killing" books. Patton was the one I like the best but they are all excellent reads.

I was NOT disappointed. This may be O'Reilly's best book yet.

WOW! I am not only a student of sorts regarding World War II, I am also a retired disabled veteran (non-combat). I was aware of most of the history that O’Reilly writes about in Killing the Rising Sun but I had no idea about a lot of what he wrote about, the details that have gotten lost in history. I received my eBook o
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You might not like Bill O'Reilly's political point of view but he is first and foremost, a history teacher. His historical research is on the money and he knows how to present it. With a BA in History, not much here came as a surprise to me but his perspective that Gen X-ers and Millennials might be unaware of the incredible sacrifices made by young Americans fighting the Japanese in the Pacific Theater is particularly significant. Their sacrifices illustrate why America is exceptional! ...more
Ashley Marie
I find myself with not much to say about this book. As far as I can tell it's well-researched and doesn't show much in the way of bias, but I'm not overly familiar with the Pacific theater so I don't know if anything is missing. The war is presented very approachably. I applaud O'Reilly's feel for history and I might have to look into a few more of his books. If anything, this book certainly renewed and solidified my intense dislike of Douglas MacArthur. ...more
Amanda Felix
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: august-14-2016
It is amazing how much we, not just as a nation but as a people, think we know about history. Throw away those school books that have been sanitized, heavily edited or just erased history because it was politically incorrect or inappropriate. History is not pretty, it is not glamorous as we are lead to believe by the portrayal of our "Heroes" in song or Hollywood. This book throws that narrative out the window and replaces it with reality, with real people, real incidents. It is History not glam ...more
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, wwii, series
3.5 stars rounded to 4 because I love these books.

This one was a little harder for me to get through. It had way too many names of admirals, captains, colonels, etc., that I couldn’t keep track of who was who or whether I was supposed to remember them somewhere down the line. Too many names of weapons, battles, airplanes, ships, islands; it was too much overload. The second half flowed much faster as we near the end of the war. As always, I love the tidbits that would normally never be a part of
Mariah Roze
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for my hometown book club and I really learned a ton about World War II.

During World War II, the Japanese are the U.S.'s opponent that will go to any length to avoid defeat. They believe that surrendering is a form of dishonor. This book takes place in many different areas and countries where the U.S. fought the Japanese.

This book talks about Atomic Bomb and the use of it on Japan. Did it really stop the war like we were all taught? You'll have to read to find out!
Kon R.
May 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bill O'Reilly has a talent for making history really exciting. He reminds me of my favorite history teacher back in high school. I love World War II history. Unfortunately, most accounts focus mainly on Europe and gloss over Japan. This book only covers Japan, which is such a welcome change.

Everything related to Japan during WWII is brutal, ugly, and downright terrifying. The Japanese fighting style, their suicidal nature, and the locales are unbelievable. Factor in the two atomic bombs and you
Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Another in "Killing" series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. I've had a mixed reaction to these books as it must be admitted that some opinion makes it's way into the narrative.

But then if we're honest that's true of any work of history.

Here we are taking a look at the events that led up to the use of the Atom bomb on 2 of Japan's cities. I must admit that to me this is a somewhat personal "controversy".

Each time someone (especially a "so called" leader) goes over to japan, beats his breast
Rick Slane has mostly recovered from covid
I was given a copy. It was not something I would ordinarily read but it was better than I expected.
Hank Hoeft
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a Bill O'Reilly fan. I am also very interested in World War II and have read widely about it. Consequently, there was little in Killing the Rising Sun I didn't already know. But I appreciated O'Reilly's brief survey of the United States' involvement in the Pacific War because I think it fills an information vacuum many people nowadays have, who do not understand why the leaders of United States decided to use atomic weapons against Japan.

I have taught high school English for almost thi
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Popular history about the vanquishing of Japan during WWII. All told in Bill O'Reilly's voice.

The timeline of the development of the Atomic bomb, and examination of Japan's role in the war, and the atrocities the country still hasn't apologized for.

Not bad, but hardly a comprehensive history.
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up for its accuracy to facts of battles, island capture dynamics, medal winners bravery, marches too dire to fully describe, the horrific historic reality of event- all of that.

But I almost rounded it down for the style. That present tense declarative prose flow, it grates on me here much more than in his other books. I liked this one much less than several others. Patton novel was superb.

It's possible I have heard so much from the horse's mouth from men and women who served i
Gary Schantz
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a grandson of a WWII Navy veteran who was a gunner on the USS Izard, I was very interested in reading this book. I enjoyed how detailed it was without being boring or having an agenda.

I am only sorry that I never fully appreciated these events while my grandfather was alive (He died in 1995). I am sure he could have given me even greater insight had I asked. The only two things I ever remember him talking about was how they shelled Iwo Jima day and night to get the Japanese to surrender yet
Andrea Miskewicz
I'd actually give this book closer to 2.5 stars, and here is why:
1. I like that this book was very readable; the average American with little knowledge of the war in the Pacific would learn something. It was a very easy read.
2. I think the authors took some liberties (especially in regards to assuming some of the inner thoughts of historic figures).
3. Most sources used to write this book were not primary - most research came from others' research - I would never recommend this book for academic
Bob Stockton
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Killing the Rising Sun is really a well written, engaging, defense of the use of the atomic bombs that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki which brought the brutal war in the pacific to an end. Today we find well-meaning people who are ready to condemn their country for the use of these two weapons. To them I would say "read this book." The horrible atrocities and murders that the Japanese inflicted on allied prisoners and civilians notwithstanding, O'Reilly's factual accounting of the number of ...more
Jay Schutt
This book opens in the fall of 1944 when the allied forces have already tightened the noose around Imperial Japan. At this point, Japan is being hammered into submission by constant bombing raids, but they will not surrender. With Russia invading Manchuria from the west, America must find a quick ending to the war to try to keep the Russian presence in Asia to a minimum. Hence, the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This decision created a moral dilemma for the U.S.
Part of t
George Briggs
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Truman Made the Right Decision

Bill O'Reilly has written another 'Killing Thriller' that was a real page turner. The events leading up to the dropping of the two A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are brutally described as O'Reilly documents the atrocities, rapes, and inhumane treatment of POW's throughout the war. Historians might question the morality of using nuclear weapons. But after reading this book, President Truman was more than justified. The U. S. might have lost close to 100,000 men in
Lisa Chan
Dec 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was put off immediately at the Note to Readers at the beginning of this book that seemed to take a cheap shot at President Obama. I shouldn’t have been surprised, given the author. But it still made me uncomfortable. I still read the book, mainly because I’m trying to read more about the Pacific Theater and this was such a quick read I didn’t have to take much time with it.

The writing was mediocre at best. Certain phrases were repetitive. I just did not care for this book. I’m sure there are P
Kristen Richeal
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative. Some very tough parts to get through pertaining to the aftermath of the atomic bombs.
Jenny Jo Weir
WOW! Jammed pack with knowledge, historical events and touches base on many important factors. Great read with a lot of information. Really worth picking up.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another of my walk-the-dog audiobooks. An insightful short history of the pacific campaign against Japan in WW2. Plenty of first person accounts to give a deeper look into why the USA had to drop the bomb on Japan. One interesting aside was that Tojo (Japanese Prime Minister) had tried to kill himself after the war rather than be taken prisoner. He was unsuccessful and was imprisoned. The USA made him a new set of false teeth and inscribed on them- in Morse code- was the phrase "remember Pearl H ...more
Jun 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant description of the horrors of war
Sara (taking a break)
Excellent book detailing the final days of WWII and the bombing of Japan. The history is presented very factually and interspersed with personal stories that give it depth and immediacy. I consider myself quite informed regarding the history of this period, and I was surprised at how many of the details were brand-new to me. The extent of the research is obvious.

There were so many egos operating in the political and military arenas. Perhaps it requires that sort of conceit to be effective in suc
Alan Tomkins-Raney
The writing style is awkward & clumsy, but the material is interesting. This is not a scholarly tome; for that, read Ian Toll's histories of the War in the Pacific. This is a fairly mediocre pop journalism sort of overview of the end of the war that some might enjoy. ...more
My first shot at a Bill O'Reilly Killing series book. I found the writing style to be engaging and readable, but somewhat overly dramatic and emotionally manipulative, I think it could have been told in a more natural style and still made a strong impact as the events depicted were plenty dramatic. It was however more even-handed than I expected, particularly as the stated objective was to prove that the dropping of the Atomic bombs on Japan was necessary. In the end, I learned a little bit more ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1/5 Stars

I had to read this book for a history class and write a review. Now that it is graded, I can post it here.

Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O’Reilly and Marin Dugard opens with a bizarre rant about comments made by Barak Obama’s pastor in 2001, and even though Obama did not even run for president until 2008, those comments were somehow still connected to him or his fault because the men are friends. Then, Bill O’Reilly makes a desperate reach to
Al Johnson
May 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately as a historical book, this earns a one star. If it were a historical novel then the writing style and narrative would earn it a four or five star rating.

The first indication that the book would be filled with narrative bias, omission, and in one case incorporating false information was when the bibliography did not contain specific sources. Only a vague "for more information" and institutional references. If a writer can not cite sources to specific facts in the book, it is not a h
I wasn't a huge fan of this one. Perhaps I've read too many other World War II accounts, or I was hoping for more, or something... In any case, I hoped for a bit more depth into some of the major players, battles, and circumstances, but the book seemed to be written on a fairly superficial level. For example there were perhaps two pages on Iwo Jima when whole books have struggled to cover that battle with meaning. Also, the use of the present tense was meant to engage the reader, but at times it ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book is to the dropping of the A-bombs what the NY Times is to liberal news. The heavy spin is comical. It reads like a middle school text book. Technically O'Reilly is a historian. If you have a BA in history you are a historian. There's a co-author too- he doesn't get the blame because he's the co-author. Of course history is supposed to be the story of what happened, and if you are convinced dropping the A-bombs was necessary, this book will seem right-on to you, provided you can di ...more
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