If you are familiar with this series already [1], you know how this one works. By and large the author has positive things to say about Truman, and more guarded and mixed things to say about MacArthur and FDR, and there is also a great deal of attention paid to incidents like the sinking of the Indianapolis just after it had delivered the bomb safely, and the way that people in Hiroshima are still to this day treated like second-class citizens because it is thought that their radiation sickness is contagious when it is not. This was a great overview of the forgotten theatre of WWII. We’d love your help.

It was not something I would ordinarily read but it was better than I expected. Today we find well-meaning people who are ready to condemn their country for the use of these two weapons.

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. The sacrifices that were made by the soldiers on both sides were amazing...courage that is unparalleled. Unlike Germany in World War I, the defeat of the Japanese has led to so far permanent changes in culture that have, at last publicly, led to a greater respect of other nations rather than the horrors that were inflicted on various subordinate people during the workings of Japan’s evil empire. One interesting aside was that Tojo (Japanese Prime Minister) had tried to kill himself after the war rather than be taken prisoner. In the end, I learned a little bit more. Another in "Killing" series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. Today we find well-meaning people who are ready to condemn their country for the use of these two weapons. An insightful short history of the pacific campaign against Japan in WW2. Welcome back. 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. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 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? And Thank you Bill O'Reilly.

My first shot at a Bill O'Reilly Killing series book. 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. My dad was in the Army and stationed in the Pacific during WW11. At this point, Japan is being hammered into submission by constant bombing raids, but they will not surrender. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of. I just didn't feel I would enjoy it. I doubt he and his co authors could be objective in their search for a truly historical perspective. Think of the tremendous sacrifices of mind, body, limbs and life of these brave souls then try to hide behind the politics of it all. I just didn't feel I would enjoy it. I have read all of O'Reilly's "killing" books. It is because of these soldiers, men and women, their families that we continue to retain the freedoms we so callously live in and enjoy today.

I wonder how popular a book like this is going to be in Japan–it is clear that the book is pretty ordinary by the standards of conservative American historiography and that the author makes a solid case for his position and one that is deeply personal, as he reflects on his own existence and its dependence on the survival of his World War II veteran father, who was scheduled to be among the troops involved in the invasion of the Japanese homeland that mercifully never had to take place. Who else has sold more than 200 million... To see what your friends thought of this book, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard are writing the best history books available today. 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. Throw away those school books that have been sanitized, heavily edited or just erased history because it was politically incorrect or inappropriate. I almost didn't get this one. It is a mistake that I readily admit and will attempt to rectify. The author supports dropping the A-bomb, both directly and indirectly. I see a lot of pre.

I see a lot of prejudice and ignorance in the question. Regardless of how you may view these facts, what remains indisputable is that Killing the Rising Sun is an excellent read by anyone’s standards. I would like to read this one. All told in Bill O'Reilly's voice. Douglas Fetsch (Veteran WWII), Reviewed in the United States on 3 April 2017, Reviewed in the United States on 14 April 2017.

Bill O'Reilly's success in broadcasting and publishing is unmatched. Throw away those school books that have been sanitized, heavily edited or just erased history because it was politically incorrect or inappropriate.

We have a popular history and not a scholarly one. Excellent book detailing the final days of WWII and the bombing of Japan. Had the bombs not been used it is quite reasonable to hypothesize that many of the very protesters would not be around today to voice their displeasure. For example there were perhaps two pages on Iwo Jima when whole books have struggled to cover that battle with meaning. 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. 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? Hence, the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I almost didn't get this one. As a grandson of a WWII Navy veteran who was a gunner on the USS Izard, I was very interested in reading this book. In the end, I learned a little bit more about the events and people surrounding the end of WWII. O’Reilly and Dugard pen an engaging novel about the end of World War II in the Pacific with “Killing the Rising Sun.”. Today we find well-meaning people who are ready to condemn their country for the use of these two weapons. I hate to admit I did not, but do now! Refresh and try again. If you’ve never read one of O’Reilly’s “killing” books, try this one.

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. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I read this book for my hometown book club and I really learned a ton about World War II. He was later hung by the rope until dead. I especially was interested to learn about the Russian invasion of Manchuria and more details about Hirohito.

Killing The Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard.

I made a mistake and wanted the full book, so this summary was useless to me. Hopefully it will be a person and Bill will be nar. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account.

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And it is definitely for the best that Japan surrendered, despite the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, rather than being invaded with even more death and destruction leading to conquest. ( Log Out /  If you’ve never read one of O’Reilly’s “killing” book. American is not perfect but it is the country that we live in thanks to the brave men and women of the past, present and future. Conservative estimates put the figure at upward of 500,000 American lives. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. His historical research is on the money and he knows how to present it. If it was an exaggeration to say that the United States did a lot of killing England during the American Revolution, it is without a doubt that the United States did kill a lot of Japanese during World War II, especially its later stages. It's a good enough introduction to the War in the Pacific, but not overly satisfying if a reader is looking for more than "pop history". I thought I knew history...shame on me. If You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers, Book Review: The Top 50 Questions Kids Ask (3rd Through 5th Grade), Book Review: The Kids’ Book Of Questions, Book Review: Blast Into Exile: Part Four, The Price of Honor: An Application of Exodus 22:16-17, Proverbs 31:1-9: Lemuel's Mother And The Duties Of Kings, Deuteronomy 21:1-9: Righteous Blood Cries Out For Vengeance. Yes this war was as much about politics as it was about freedom and tyranny. Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard are writing the best history books available today.

I have not read any of O'Reilly's books. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. If you haven't heard of record-smashing singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, is there any hope for you? It is amazing how much we, not just as a nation but as a people, think we know about history. I've had a mixed reaction to these books as it must be admitted that some opinion makes it's way into the narrative. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. This book throws that narrative out the window and replaces it with reality, with real people, real incidents. While I didn't enjoy it as much as I have the past "killing" books, I did enjoy it and am glad I did get it. I am also very interested in World War II and have read widely about it. O'Reilly states, the question of whether or not it was ethical to drop the bombs will hang over the Oval Office for decades to come. Reviewed in the United States on 2 January 2017, The discucion of the final days of WWII always seems to leave out three important facts: 1=The Japanese were preparing thier people to die to the last person and 2= It took the 2nd bomb on Nagasaki to force the surrender and 3= I have yet to talk with a veteran who didn't agree with Harry Truman's decision to drop both bombs (including myself). Psalm 45: My Tongue Is The Pen Of A Ready Writer, Jonadab The Son Of Rechab Shall Not Lack A Man To Stand Before Me Forever, Why Aren't They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Kansas. Lots of interesting factoids explaining events that you never learned in history class. As a reader, and certainly a biased one, it is clear to me at least that the United States was justified in vanquishing World War II Japan, even with the atomic bomb.