Killing The Rising Sun is Fascinating

I have just finished Bill O’Reilly’s last yuuuuge bestseller, Killing the Rising Sun, and it deserves all of the accolades it has received. It is #1 on every Bestseller List. 
The only other book in O’Reilly’s “Killing” series that I have read was Killing Patton, and I observed that it was the best book I had read that year. I would not be surprised if Killing the Rising Sun does not turn out to be my favorite for this year.

I served in Korea as a 17 year old Enlisted man, and at the Naval Academy I studied the war in the Pacific with specific interest, but I learned a lot in this book. It is certain that it is highly unlikely that this book will be translated into Japanese, because there is a high percentage of the Japanese society who believe they did not surrender, and larger numbers who dent the systematic torture of prisoners and the enslavement of sex slaves, called “Comfort Women.” I have previously both blogged and published newspaper plumbs on Japanese efforts to block memorials in the US dedicated to the Japanese sex slaves.

It remains to be seen if there is pushback by the Japanese government against this most readable history of the war in the Pacific, or if they will understand that such pushback will simply cause more book sales. There is a lot of pushback in Japan for many subjects regarding the War in the Pacific. This book could cause riots.

Only the book “With the Old Breed” (which is mentioned in this book) by E. B. Sledge is even more graphic about the sights, sounds and smells of combat, but this book gives great insights into the strategic thinking, the personalities and the internal debates about dropping the “bomb.”

The book is fascinating!

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