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The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936–1945

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Toland

Narrated By: Tom Weiner

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: June 2014

Duration: 41 hours 13 minutes


This Pulitzer Prize–winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Told from the Japanese perspective, The Rising Sun is, in the author’s words, “a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, told as it happened—muddled, ennobling, disgraceful, frustrating, full of paradox.”

In weaving together the historical facts and human drama leading up to and culminating in the war in the Pacific, Toland crafts a riveting and unbiased narrative history.

“Quite possibly the most readable yet informative account of the Pacific war.”—Chicago Sun-Times


  • Matt Lady

    A phenomenally well researched and well written account of the Japanese defeat in WWII. John Toland intricately paints the geopolitical picture and strategic resource dilemma Japan faced that eventually forced her into war with China and eventually the Anglo-ANZACK-American powers. Toland carefully weaves the listener through the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of war, while punctuating the saga with countless personal stories and recollections from those that were there.

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