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

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: September 2016

Duration: 9 hours 22 minutes


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.


  • Tom Patras

    Excellent history.

  • Sonya S Stewart

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

  • Jeffrey Mertens

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

  • Kevin Kohler

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

  • 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.

  • 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


    Beautiful story with wonderful narration.

  • Jessie Wilkes

    Loved it! Awesome footnotes!!! I'll listen to it again sometime!

  • Mike Fremming

    This is the 2nd book of the series I've read and I've enjoyed both. This book was very interesting and informative. The details and the footnotes were outstanding.

  • Robert Fazen

    This is a wonderful book. My wife and I listened intently during our 12-hour drive from New Jersey to South Carolina (a lot of traffic). It made the journey more than tolerable. I am a West Point Graduate and retired Army Officer. The information on the ego of General MacArthur and the information about his family was fascinating. The disregard for life by the Japanese and U.S. Military was a reminder of what war can become. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, I believe the perception of WWII would have been much different if media coverage had been like Vietnam. The intentional destruction of cities and murder of civilians is called terrorism today. The inhumane acts in WWII were far worse than Vietnam or military actions of today. Our military men and women do believe in the principles of the Geneva Convention today, our terrorist enemy does not. It was a very thought provoking story for me.