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Killing the Rising Sun
How America Vanquished World War II Japan
By: Bill O'Reilly
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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.

Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He is the author of the number-one bestsellers Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, and Killing Reagan.

Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. He and his wife live in Southern California with their three sons.
Pages: 304
Published: Sep 13, 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 (in inches)
ISBN: 9781627790628
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By Patricia S.-86061591 from INDIANAPOLIS, IN on June 19, 2017
Format: Hardcover | Premium Member
Bill, I finished your enlightening book "Killing the Rising Sun". My father was a Lieutenant on board an LST that steamed into the harbor of Nagasaki following the dropping of the bomb. He did not discuss WW II much, but I recall him mentioning the bodies floating in the water as his ship arrived. I have always believed and now even more so believe that I would not be here to read the book you likely would not have been here to write had Truman not made the decision he did. We cannot second guess decisions based on our current culture. We must go back and view them in their own time frame. Thanks you!
By DIANA L. from HARRISONBURG, VA on June 03, 2017
Format: Audio CD | Premium Member
I love history and was born in "46. This book takes you right back to the time of the most historical event ever in this world. Love it!
By Larry S.-75686382 from YORBA LINDA, CA on May 09, 2017
Format: Hardcover
My father was a private in the Army of the Pacific from when he was drafted in 1942 to the end of hostilities. Aside from his liberties in Sydney, he was infantry. He got busted back to Private for disrespect, but discharged honorably and got his military marker. Your book helped me see the conditions he was under. Oh, he lost half a lung in the fight. Good to know what it was like.
By Donald B. from ROCKY POINT, NY on May 01, 2017
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Outstanding! So glad you are writing these books, Bill. Shows what was going on for the common man, the soldier, and his view of the war. After all, HE was doing the fighting and dying! Showing what was going on politically in the governments and personally in the leading figures with details increases the understanding of how decisions were made that forced actions to be taken in the field. Civilizations do not advance at the same time or in the same manner across the world. The barbarity, the savage behavior, the degrading treatment are all exposed to view now for all to see. This will change attitudes and more. Keeping these things secret allowed the group aberrations in Asia and Europe to persist. The shame and disgust that would cause newer generations to forsake past practices and belief systems that encouraged these behaviors did not occur. TILL NOW! And our own people need to open their eyes and realize where we are and why freedom and decency are only possible when freedom comes with responsibility and civil behavior in discussions for future solutions that concern us all. Very Well Done Bill! Thank you.