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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bill O'reilly, Martin Dugard

Narrated By: Robert Petkoff

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: September 2016

Duration: 9 hours 22 minutes


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.


  • Anonymous

    Unbelievable .... perfect why doesn’t our school system tell this correct tale!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


    This is the perfect audio book for this subject matter. This book is, in short, a collection of works summarizing the war with Japan. It's not only about the bomb. A MUST READ/Listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Richard S.

    I thought this was a great read and looked forward everyday to listen to what would be happening next. I thought the walk through history was done in an excellent fashion and the narration was 100%! Well recommend.

  • Keith B.

    Great book

  • James J

    Book really suck suck real bad

  • Julia S

    Another fantastic historical chronical! I thoroughly enjoyed it and (re)learned the valuable history of WWII and the dawn of the nuclear age.

  • Jayne G

    This should be required reading for every high school student in the US. Students need to understand the situation from all angles that factored into the decisions made during WWII in the Japanese theater. Very important that our youths are properly educated on facts.

  • Karen J

    Excellent narration of the Japanese conflict during WWII and the American victory. A tragic time for all involved. It's a fascinating read and I learned a lot about that part of WWII which I had not learned as much about as the European conflict. Highly recommend!

  • Tom A

    A great read or listen ???? An amazing testimony of why this was one of our greatest generations and to the men and women that sacrificed so much. Well done.

  • Brennan R

    Great book!!!! A lot of the focus was on the atrocities of the Japanese military, the atomic bombs and the aftermath of the bombs. Learned a lot of new things from this book.

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

by Bill O'reilly, Martin Dugard

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Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan, Bill O'reilly, Martin Dugard