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

Title:Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:323 pages

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

  • Carol
    Dec 04, 2016

    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...

  • Jim Brown
    Sep 08, 2016

    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 st...

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    Nov 13, 2016

    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 ...

  • Ed
    Sep 18, 2016

    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...

  • Amanda Felix
    Sep 17, 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 w...

  • George Briggs
    Sep 08, 2016

    Truman Made the Right DecisionBill 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 b...

  • Bob Stockton
    Oct 15, 2016

    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 w...

  • Hank Hoeft
    Nov 25, 2016

    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...

  • Jeannie
    Nov 20, 2016

    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 play...

  • Rob
    Oct 08, 2016

    Another remarkable tale by O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. These “killing” books just keep getting better, and “Killing the Rising Sun” is no exception. It’s easy to see why O’Reilly’s boo...