The powerful and riveting new audiobook 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 listeners 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 pause-resistant 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.
©2016 Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
One sided view of the war with Japan. O'reilly doesnt understand the history or political structure of Japan, especially the role of a Japanese Emperor who has never held any real power ever. Really is no point for him to write this book..plenty of others just like it...sick of all the stupid read footnotes...put that info the form of a paragraph or leave it out. His Killing Lincoln and Kennedy books were great since they encompassed a short period of time with a smaller cast..but this is too broad a subject to tackle in this style with ssoooooooo much background involved it would take him a decade of research that he is not commited to ...
As expected from Bill o'Riley, history/truth told interestingly.
I really like many personal details told about the characters;
very Dickensian, but about real people.
Quite gruesome; as war truly is.
Not recommended reading for the faint-hearted;
nor for those who don't wish to face the realities of battle against a brutal, evil enemy.
loved it and I will get the next one when it comes out later if can
As an Air Force Brat (military dependent) during the '60's and '70's, my father was stationed all over Southeast Asia and our family accompanied him wherever we could. We lived in Okinawa for a two year tour and at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines for multiple tours. I thought my knowledge of the war with Japan was extensive having viewed many of the sites and talked to survivors and participants in person but I learned so much more from this book. Thank you so much!! Btw, both my parents were raised in the Philippines and were children who witnessed many of the atrocities perpetrated by Japanese soldiers.
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 was politically incorrect or inappropriate. History is not pretty, it is not glamorous as we are lead to believe by the portrayal of our "Heros" in song or Hollywood. This book throws that narrative out the window and replaces it with reality, with real people, real incidents. It is History not glamorous, it is not sanitized or revised. Bill O'Reilly has given us a look at the bloodshed, the loss of life, dignity and indignity suffered by our soldiers and the unwitting populations that are caught in between a war they had no part in but were forced to endure. He takes us into many of the battles fought on lonely beaches, jungles, giving us a blow by blow discription of what man can and does do to man. Read it and think of the politicians and generals, the fools that seek glory in the political arena and the battlefield at the cost of those soldiers lives. These men and women, young and old answered the call to war, some as young as 16, 17, 18...they went into battle against impossible odds, against all fear and rationale to fight for freedom and love of country. 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. Yes this war was as much about politics as it was about freedom and tyranny. 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. After reading this book, go out and thank a Veteran, a Soldier a First Responder who are still fighting on the front lines to maintain that freedom and keep us safe. 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. And Thank you Bill O'Reilly. I thought I knew history...shame on me. I too am guilty of accepting many of the sanitized versions we have been fed. It is a mistake that I readily admit and will attmpt to rectify. Parents and teachers, talk to your children, your students, have them read or listen to the book, then engage in conversation with them, do not allow our history to be diluted or deleted any further. We are doing our children a grave disservice to allow that to continue.
I'm only on chapter 4 but the story so far is great, as expected. Part of the wonderful story telling in the "Killing" series the narration by Bill O'Reilly. I love his tone, inflection and the passion that comes across in his voice by telling the story he helped pen. It's just not the same with a different narrator.
What a great book! Excellent performance by the narrator. Being somewhat of a history buff particularly World War II I was very interested to listen to this book. Everyone should I highly recommend it
PLOT: Truman and the events that lead up the making and dropping of the atom bombs.
Harry Truman "inherited" the office of the President when FDR died. He also learns of the biggest secret of the war ...the Manhatten Project. The making of 2 bombs....one uranium and one plutonium. It also reviewed the Japanese side. How the Emperor Hirohito was considered a "GOD" and the military leaders who lead Japan on the road to war. The first hour lags a little but picks up as Truman heads to meeting of the big 3 in Potsdam. We also get to view General MacArthur who did not get along with Truman. At times this book is very intense, in the graphic details of rape and killing on both sides. But a revealing look at how bad the atrocities by the Japanese were to the Chinese, British and Americans and to anyone in their way. There is also a close up look at the actual Team who developed the bomb (Scientists). Truman who made the fateful decision to go ahead results in not only the end of the war but the dawn of the atomic bombs which changes the balance of power. This is a very good book. A close up view of history that still influences life today. One of the better readers...5 STARS ~
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