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Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan (2016)

de Bill O'Reilly

Altres autors: Martin Dugard (Autor)

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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. This book 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, Harry Truman ascends to the presidency after FDR dies in office, 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.… (més)
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    The Rising Sun: the Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945. de John Toland (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Extremely detailed start-to-finish coverage of the War in the Pacific.
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  drmom62 | Apr 21, 2023 |
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 such a weighty time. Who could make those kinds of decisions, lives and deaths of so many hanging on your every move, without having an enormous sense of self-importance. I would never want the responsibility and yet we should all be so thankful for those who do not shy away from that responsibility when it is unavoidable.

It is always worthwhile to look at our past, to know our history, to examine our mistakes. It is important to remember how we came to be where we are and to contemplate where we might be had we made different decisions. I would like to think we profit from the exercise, although I admit that at times it seems there is no evidence that this is true.

I read Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy and found they added nothing significant to my understanding of those events. In contrast, I felt this book did add quite a lot to my knowledge of these events.

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  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
The "killing" series is basically history for the public and it's pretty light. This book covers events leading up to the end of WWII with Japan and the reader experiences Los Alamos, Enola Gay, the Japanese Emperor and Prime Ministers, Japanese atrocities, war crimes trials, MacArthur and a whole raft of other things...all done without much detail. If you want full particulars, read Manchester. For me, it was enough and held my interest, despite some skipping around. ( )
  buffalogr | Jan 15, 2021 |
Rated: B
Love Bill O'Reilly's "Killing" series. Always learn something more about the events than I previously knew. ( )
  jmcdbooks | Dec 11, 2020 |
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--Ancient Chinese description of Japan,referring to the morning sun's reaching the islands of Japan before the Asian mainland
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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. This book 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, Harry Truman ascends to the presidency after FDR dies in office, 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.

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