The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun : The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

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The Pacific conflict changed the face of history, plunging the world into total war and heralding the ominous beginning of the atomic age. This 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 bomb, demolishing many myths surrounding this catastrophic conflict. Why did the dawn air attack of Peal Harbour occur? Was war 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? The product of years of research and interviews with almost five hundred people, including President Truman and survivors of the horrors at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this is a definitive, monumental account.
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  • Paperback | 992 pages
  • 134 x 216 x 51mm | 827g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 24pp b&w illustrations, 7 maps, index
  • 0141390484
  • 9780141390482

About John Toland

John Toland is a highly respected and prolific military historian. His book INFAMY: PEARL HARBOR AND ITS AFTERMATH will be published in Penguin Classic Military History in May 2001.
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Table of contents

Part 1 The roots of war: "Gekokujo"; to the Marco Polo bridge; "then the war will be a desperate one". Part 2 The lowering clouds: "go back to blank paper; the fatal note; operation Z; "this war may come quicker than anyone dreams". Part 3 Banzai!: "I shall never look back"; "the formidable years that lie before us"; "for a wasted hope and sure defeat"; "to show them mercy is to prolong the war"; "but not in shame"; the tide turns. Part 4 Isle of death: operation shoestring; green hell; "I deserve ten thousand deaths"; the end. Part 5 The gathering forces: of mice and men; to the Marianas; "seven lives to repay our country!". Part 6 The decisive battle: "let no heart be faint"; the battle of Leyte Gulf; the battle of Breakneck Ridge; debacle. Part 7 Beyond the bitter end: "our golden opportunity"; "like hell with the fire out"; the flowers of Edo; the last sortie; the iron typhoon; the stragglers. Part 8 "One hundred million die together": in quest of peace; "that was not any decision that you had to worry about"; Hiroshima; ...and Nagasaki; "to bear the unbearable"; the palace revolt; the voice of the crane.
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