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The Rising Sun: the Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945. Volume 2 (1971)

by John Toland

Series: The Rising Sun (book 2)

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This magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning history, told primarily from the Japanese viewpoint, traces the dramatic fortunes of the Empire of the Sun from the invasion of Manchuria to the dropping of the atomic bombs, demolishing many myths surrounding this catastrophic conflict. Why did the dawn attack on Pearl Harbor occur? Was was inevitable? Was the Emperor a puppet or a warmonger? And, finally, what inspired the barbaric actions of those who fought, and who speak here of the unspeakable - murder, cannibalism and desertion?… (more)
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An excellent narrative account of the Pacific War. The narrative uses a lot of primary source interviews to give gripping personal detail and inside insights. Toland has a tendency to provide an apologia to Emperor Hirohito and some of his inner circle, because he sometimes takes their accounts at face value, but overall, his conclusions and contentions are pretty good. His Infamy suppositions, blaming FDR for letting Pearl Harbor happen, are missing from this volume (Infamy was published in 1982). ( )
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This magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning history, told primarily from the Japanese viewpoint, traces the dramatic fortunes of the Empire of the Sun from the invasion of Manchuria to the dropping of the atomic bombs, demolishing many myths surrounding this catastrophic conflict. Why did the dawn attack on Pearl Harbor occur? Was was inevitable? Was the Emperor a puppet or a warmonger? And, finally, what inspired the barbaric actions of those who fought, and who speak here of the unspeakable - murder, cannibalism and desertion?

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