- File Size: 88806 KB
- Print Length: 334 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 1 edition (September 13, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 13, 2016
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1627790632
- ISBN-13: 978-1627790635
- ASIN: B01CNTUGF4
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“An enthralling, gripping account of the bloody battles, huge decisions, and historic personalities that culminated in the decision to drop the atomic bomb and brought the war in the Pacific to its climactic end. A masterful, meticulously researched work that captures the barbarity of the war waged by those who swore allegiance to the Japanese Emperor – and by those who crushed the military might of the Rising Sun.”
– General David H. Petraeus, commander of the surge in Iraq (2007-8) and coalition forces in Afghanistan (2010-2011)--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Bill O'Reilly's success in broadcasting and publishing is unmatched. The iconic anchor of The O'Reilly Factor led the program to the status of the highest rated cable news broadcast in the nation for sixteen consecutive years. His website BillOReilly.com is followed by millions all over the world.
In addition, he has authored an astonishing 12 number one ranked non-fiction books including the historical "Killing" series. Mr. O'Reilly currently has 17 million books in print.
Bill O'Reilly has been a broadcaster for 42 years. He has been awarded three Emmy's and a number of other journalism accolades. He was a national correspondent for CBS News and ABC News as well as a reporter-anchor for WCBS-TV in New York City among other high profile jobs.
Mr. O'Reilly received two other Emmy nominations for the movies "Killing Kennedy" and "Killing Jesus."
He holds a history degree from Marist College, a masters degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, and another masters degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Bill O'Reilly lives on Long Island where he was raised. His philanthropic enterprises have raised tens of millions for people in need and wounded American veterans.
Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. He and his wife live in Southern California with their three sons.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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As is usually the case with the Killing books, there is no new information here. It is just told in a way that we can better understand. Harry Truman makes a rapid evolution from piano playing out of the loop new VP to world leader who had no regrets about using atomic bombs to end the war without engaging MacArthur in house to house fighting amid suicide attacks. MacArthur starts to sense that his huge status with the American soldier and people does not translate to much with a plain spoken Missourian who is no fan of big egos in the military. We see Hirohito as a prisoner in his own palace but not an innocent or unwilling participant in launching this terrible war. MacArthur and other old Japan hands insisted on keeping the emperor in place, today we can wonder if that was best but it sure did provide many years of stability.
If you're looking for a quality, brief historical overview of the Pacific War, I recommend "A Short History of WWII" by James L. Stokesbury, "With the Old Breed" by E. B. Sledge or "The Pacific" by Hugh Ambrose.
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This book is not quite that, but it is a very interesting read nevertheless. It focusses specifically on the events that led to the downfall of the Japanese Empire and how the atomic bomb was used to achieve this. The book is well written and well balanced between the fighting and the political decision making, both in Washington and in Tokyo. What I found particularly interesting is the in-depth character analyses of some of the key people in the book, specifically General Douglas MacArthur, President Truman, Emperor Hirohito, Robert Oppenheimer, Colonel Paul Tibbets (the pilot who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima) and several others. I enjoyed this book a lot and I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the "Killing" series by the same authors.
But don't think that this book is devoid of details. It is easy to read because it is indeed very well written, but is full of details and stories. The maps provided really help you understand what the authors are talking about.
I suspect that it is somewhat loose with the truth but it does give the inside point of view of the main characters involved in the final days before the atomic attack on Japan.
Mark T - Canada