Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan
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
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
I have taught high school English for almost thi ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
There were so many egos operating in the political and military arenas. Perhaps it requires that sort of conceit to be effective in suc ...more
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 ...more
Killing the Rising Sun is no exception. The book begins near the end of the Pacific war with Japan, so you will not find the legacy of the code breakers who provided Nimitz and the US Submarine force with "secret" Japanese information. Nor will you find other extensive inf ...more
Part of t ...more
Whether the U.S. should have dropped the Atomic bombs to end the war is very controversial. Many think it was inhumane to kill lots of innocent people. Others think the conventional war would have gone on with additional killings, torture, slavery, sexual abuse, etc.
One key statement was made by one of the authors. Bill O'R ...more
The book takes place at the start of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. It tells of many of the ups and downs of the War through the eyes of the Americans and the Japanese.
The story took us to the Dessert of New Mexico and detailed the building and t ...more
In addition, he has authored an astonishing 12 number one ranked non-fiction books including the hist ...more