Many knew that this was the main reason the Japanese were unlikely to surrender. But that's not O'Reilly's way; he views history as another lens through which he can view himself. I pretty much had made up my mind well in advance of the book as to whether the A-Bomb should have been dropped on Japan or not. One was a pilot and one was a bomadier. We see Hirohito as a prisoner in his own palace but not an innocent or unwilling participant in launching this terrible war.
I am in my 80's and I think the world is going to ruins if the young people do not know about what went on years ago. I've had a mixed reaction to these books as it must be admitted that some opinion makes it's way into the narrative. Thus it remained and was the main reason the Japanese did not enter into negotiations as the status of the Emperor by early 1945 was the only impediment to many of the political blocs and even many of the military clique leaders as well. It is your responsibility to overthrow the military government now and save what is left of your beautiful country. O'Reilly explains the Manhattan Project in an easy to understand way and show the effectiveness of the Trinity Test.
Note: This summary is wholly written and published by readtrepreneur. He was the man who had discovered the key process for the fissionable, lighter U-235 separation from the much more prevalent, heavy U-238. I received my eBook on a Tuesday afternoon and have finished reading it by Wednesday afternoon. One was a pilot and one was a bomadier. The sacrifices that were made by the soldiers on both sides were amazing. It gave insight to the hateful treatment of non Japanese citizens who were also tortured incessantly by the Japanese soldiers.
And in Tokyo, Emperor Hirohito, who is considered a deity by his subjects, refuses to surrender, despite a massive and mounting death toll. Killing the Rising Sun even put the debunked Comfort Women story on its first pages in an attempt to appeal to emotion in the reader. It's time for the killing to stop. My first shot at a Bill O'Reilly Killing series book. In contrast, I felt this book did add quite a lot to my knowledge of these events. And Thank you Bill O'Reilly.
The war is presented very approachably. It is a recount that brings you back to the bloody battlefield and everything that was going on. We need to thank God every day that most of us did not have to be subjected to the horrors of this war! O74 2016 Available - Adult Nonfiction 940. It is another historical masterpiece by the authors, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. Came back home and was a nervous wreck.
In all my years of teaching, I have only once had difficulty grading objectively because a student of mine chose a thesis I didn't personally agree with. Reilly's account about Abraham Lincoln with equal fascination. A couple of days before it came out, I preordered it from Audible. Others think the conventional war would have gone on with additional killings, torture, slavery, sexual abuse, etc. I am in my 80's and I think the world is going to ruins if the young people do not know about what went on years ago.
Patton was the one I like the best but they are all excellent reads. There are currently more than 17 million books in the Killing series in print. Most sources used to write this book were not primary - most research came from others' research - I would never recommend this book for academic purposes. The big moral dilemma of whether it was the correct thing to do to drop the atomic bomb on Japan is hard to answer when you see the pros and cons of it, but it ought to serve the world as a lesson on the devastation that these weapons of mass destruction cause on a global level and for years to come. But rather than being a simple journalistic exercise, the facts and figures come to vivid life and jump of the page in this compulsively readable and unbelievably horrifying account of the War in the Pacific. Going right into the battlefields in Peleliu and Iwo Jima while also portraying the efforts of Manhattan's project to create the deadliest weapon known to man, Killing The Rising Sun leaves nothing to the imagination covering everything in excruciating detail.
My only gripe would be that they did not have more pictures. The stories of brutality and extreme violence against prisoners of war, civilians, and people of the countries conquered are compelling and heart rendering. It tells of many of the ups and downs of the War through the eyes of the Americans and the Japanese. Of course, no on can know if Dad would have survived anyway, but I'm personally glad the Bomb was used so Dad didn't have to run the risk. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. As a combat infantry veteran that fought in the Korean war I could relive some of their fears and sacrifices that this well written book depicts.
For example there were perhaps two pages on Iwo Jima when whole books have struggled to cover that battle with meaning. This one was a little harder for me to get through. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Looking forward to the next book. I saw him on a late night show and enjoyed hearing him talk about this book so much I went out and bought it.