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.
I have the book version so it may be a bit different still great book45
Fantastic read from beginning to end. Best of the killing series in my opinion.55
Interesting look in to the war with Japan and the main players.Good detail and facts I did not know. Will defiantly check out the other books in the Killing series.55
While I didn't like as much as some of the others it's a great read. Must have for history buffs55
Growing up in NYC, then in Miami, Fl I had many teachers, neighbors and friends who fought during WW2 in the Pacific theater. I would ask them of there experiences during the war of which they would kindly deflect interest and changed the topic. Out of respect I would never again ask. Thanks you for helping understand the enormous contribution made by a very amazing and truly greatest who walked among us.55
I enjoyed this account of the war in the Pacific Theatre - something we rarely hear about other than Pearl Harbor and the dropping of the two bombs on Japan. Mr. O’Reilly makes this an interesting and enjoyable read.45
Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard bring back points not (always) shared in history but are essential facts of how truly bad the Japanese truly were in WW2. I am disappointed that there were (US) decisions and policies made to not fully hold the Japanese more accountable (and punished) for their crimes. The brutality and horrors were captured in a compelling and well written insight of the main characters during America’s worst and greatest moments. Bought it Monday and finshed it Wednesday. Well written and yet very sobering.55
As a granddaughter and great niece of ww2 vets, and a lover of history, this book is not only riveting, but it allows readers to feel and understand the gravity of war.it IS HELL, and people do not understand how horrifically the Japanese leaders and soldiers behaved during this time. This explains why my grandfather wouldn't speak of the war and viewed the Japanese so negatively!now, the country is peaceful, rich w culture and technology, but to the men who fought in ww2, it was a different place!well written and could not put down!55
Great read with a lot of historical data. O Reilly makes this very interesting and informative. I couldn't put it down.55
This was a great read, I could not put the book down.55