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 listeners 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 pause-resistant 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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By Gramofalot on 25-11-16
Nice voice, just fine! *****
I kept finding myself expecting Bill Riley's voice. The orator was great through. I'm 58 but These books makes me think of high school, I feel like I've wasted many years in fiction where what I really find is that I love history,or historical novels. I wish I could have found this love a long time ago. Thank you for making history come alive for me. I think this book and the other Bill Riley books might help high school teachers share with students in a really fresh and alive way. Maybe I'll gift one or more to Our High school: Marysville Pilchuck High School in WA
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By Judith on 24-07-17
Couldn't quit listening. What an eye opener. As college history major who's emphasis was WWII, most of this was familiar to me, but the depth of research here was top notch. The writing was both interesting and understandable. Great read, excellent narrator.
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