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

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Robert Petkoff, Bill OReilly

9 Hours 22 Minutes

Macmillan Audio

September 2016


Audio Book Summary

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 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.

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  • Matthew W

    As Allways, great book from Mr. O'Reilly

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  • Christopher Z

    Excellent details about the actual dropping of the 2 bombs on Japan. As always the more I read about WWII in the Pacific the more I shudder. There is no irony in the fact that the final decision to end the war was evil vs. evil. Either thousands of military men die, on both sides, in an invasion. Or thousands civilians die in a milli-second. What a horrible quandary. As far as the "controversy " of the deed itself, it'll wage on forever. May God have mercy on the souls involved.

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  • Elliotte F

    I have now finished all of the Bill O\' Reilly \"Killing\" books. This is by far his best! I was interested in every page! The brutality of war is horrific! God Bless President Truman. All honor and respect to The Greatest Generation. This book should be required reading in all US History Classes. Great job!

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  • Babbie Jaco

    Wow!! I think this is OReilly's best effort. I learned a lot and many stories I didn't know about. Gives me chills. Good job

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  • Tom Patras

    Excellent history.

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  • Sonya S Stewart

    The research involved in each of these books never ceases to amaze me, I recommended them to everyone.

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  • Jeffrey Mertens

    Good book, kept me entertained!!! That's hard to do. Very educational and informative. LOVED it!!!!

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  • Kevin Kohler

    The most informative and enjoyable book I've seen in years

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  • Jim Bresingham

    Overall, very good book. This is the first book I have read from O'Reilly. I have been told by history buffs that his books have not provided any additional insight into other documented events. Not sure if that is the case, but this book really gave me insights into the reasons for why Truman did what he did.

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  • Mary Buratti

    I absolutely loved it. In fact, I plan on listening to it again. I'm looking forward to another O'Reilly book maybe Patton

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