When Do You Have To Leave Your Gift At The Altar? Douglas Fetsch (Veteran WWII), Reviewed in the United States on 3 April 2017, Reviewed in the United States on 14 April 2017. My format of choice for non-fiction books. I just didn't feel I would enjoy it. We have selected these products on 51139 reviews. We’d love your help.
I would not be able to read anything by O'Reilly. Throw away those school books that have been sanitized, heavily edited or just erased history because it was politically incorrect or inappropriate. Their books are well researched and documented.
As a reader, and certainly a biased one, it is clear to me at least that the United States was justified in vanquishing World War II Japan, even with the atomic bomb. Bill O'Reilly's success in broadcasting and publishing is unmatched. https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2014/02/04/book-review-killing-jesus/, https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2019/12/25/book-review-killing-patton/, https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2020/01/23/book-review-killing-england/, https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/09/16/book-review-killing-lincoln/.
It is amazing how much we, not just as a nation but as a people, think we know about history. Not only because of the Japanese names and places, but because it held nothing back. It was however more even-handed than I expected, particularly as the stated objective was to prove that the dropping of the Atomic bombs on Japan was necessary. And here, more than is sometimes the case, the killing of Japan is by no means an exaggeration. The author finds a way of bringing his own personal interests (and in this case, his own family background) into the story, which gives the reader an understanding of why the subject is of such interest. As a dentist I thought this was both funny and fitting. For example there were perhaps two pages on Iwo Jima when whole books have struggled to cover that battle with meaning.
It was not something I would ordinarily read but it was better than I expected.
Yes this war was as much about politics as it was about freedom and tyranny. We have a popular history and not a scholarly one.
It's a good enough introduction to the War in the Pacific, but not overly satisfying if a reader is looking for more than "pop history".
There's even an interesting little tidbit about a sailor named Ensign William J. O'Reilly who believed he would have been killed had MacArthur's infamous last land invasion come to fruition. Plenty of first person accounts to give a deeper look into why the USA had to drop the bomb on Japan. You might not like Bill O'Reilly's political point of view but he is first and foremost, a history teacher. I found the writing style to be engaging and readable, but somewhat overly dramatic and emotionally manipulative, I think it could have been told in a more natural style and still made a strong impact as the events depicted were plenty dramatic. Looking forward to the next book. After reading this book, go out and thank a Veteran, a Soldier a First Responder who are still fighting on the front lines to maintain that freedom and keep us safe. This was a difficult book to read!
Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. In the end, I learned a little bit more about the events and people surrounding the end of WWII. Killing the Rising Sun is really a well written, engaging, defense of the use of the atomic bombs that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki which brought the brutal war in the pacific to an end.
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The Japanese are resilient, courageous, and willing to fight to their last breath to win World War II. ( Log Out / Also, the use of the present tense was meant to engage the reader, but at times it. Also, the use of the present tense was meant to engage the reader, but at times it was just plain confusing especially with the quantity of footnotes that were given in past tense. I thought I knew history...shame on me. Unlike Germany in World War I, the defeat of the Japanese has led to so far permanent changes in culture that have, at last publicly, led to a greater respect of other nations rather than the horrors that were inflicted on various subordinate people during the workings of Japan’s evil empire. Lots of interesting factoids explaining events that you never learned in history class. 3.5 stars rounded to 4 because I love these books. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The fanatical Japanese government–including the emperor–was unwilling to surrender until they faced the horror of nuclear warfare being dished out against their home cities.
I wasn't a huge fan of this one. The author finds a way of bringing his own personal interests (and in this case, his own family background) into the story, which gives the reader an understanding … With Russia invading Manchuria from the west, America must find a quick ending to the war to try to keep the Russian presence in Asia to a minimum. Conservative estimates put the figure at upward of 500,000 American lives. I was given a copy. In any case, I hoped for a bit more depth into some of the major players, battles, and circumstances, but the book seemed to be written on a fairly superficial level. Read it and think of the politicians and generals, the fools that seek glory in the political arena and the battlefield at the cost of those soldiers lives. Looking forward to the next book.
I felt like I was right there with the soldiers and sailors as they took part in the bombs and raids of the second World War! History is not pretty, it is not glamorous as we are lead to believe by the portrayal of our "Heroes" in song or Hollywood. Lots of interesting factoids explaining events that you never learned in history class. I've had a mixed reaction to these books as it must be admitted that some opinion makes it's way into the narrative.
These “killing” books just keep getting better, and “Killing the Rising Sun” is no exception. As a grandson of a WWII Navy veteran who was a gunner on the USS Izard, I was very interested in reading this book.
In the end, I learned a little bit more. ( Log Out / Start by marking “Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Little. If you are familiar with this series already , you know how this one works. Little Boy hit Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and Fat Man on Nagasaki August 9, 1945. His historical research is on the money and he knows how to present it. This book opens in the fall of 1944 when the allied forces have already tightened the noose around Imperial Japan. One interesting aside was that Tojo (Japanese Prime Minister) had tried to kill himself after the war rather than be taken prisoner. I consider myself quite informed regarding the history of this period, and I was surprised at how many of the details were brand-new to me.
I find myself with not much to say about this book. In any case, I hoped for a bit more depth into some of the major players, battles, and circumstances, but the book seemed to be written on a fairly superficial level. This decision created a moral dilemma for the U.S. Another exciting page-turner. Parents and teachers, talk to your children, your students, have them read or listen to the book, then engage in conversation with them, do not allow our history to be diluted or deleted any further. I was a little disappointed it wasn't a person that was being killed this time. They’re well written, clear and concise, great military history lessons for those who don’t normally care for military fare. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His website BillOReilly.com is followed by millions all over the world.
If you haven't heard of record-smashing singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, is there any hope for you? ( Log Out / Approved third parties also use these tools in connection with our display of ads. Welcome back. It is History not glam. As always, a fast descriptive read complete with maps and old photos of the time. This book is about 300 pages long and it is divided into various chapters that feel cinematic in scope, as if the author is shrinking the history down to memorable episodes that capture life on both the American as well as the Japanese side (though, it should be noted, not very much about the perspective of others, like Chinese or Russians or Australians or Brits, to give a few examples). If it were a historical novel then the writing style and narrative would earn it a four or five star rating. O'Reilly states, the question of whether or not it was ethical to drop the bombs will hang over the Oval Office for decades to come. I found the writing style to be engaging and readable, but somewhat overly dramatic and emotionally manipulative, I think it could have been told in a more natural style and still made a strong impact as the events depicted were plenty dramatic. I doubt he and his co authors could be objective in their search for a truly historical perspective.
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