Instaread Summary, Analysis & Review of Bill O'Reilly's and Martin Dugard's Killing the Rising Sun
Five out of five stars
Given Bill O’Reilly’s reputation for unreasonable rhetoric and his emphasis on “Killing” in the titles of his books, there was reason to question the content. However, this summary describes an interesting book in popular history. The brutality of the Japanese military after it took control of territories is mentioned in detail.
One of the impressive features of the book is that some of the excesses of the American military is also part of the book.
For example, key takeaway five is:
“Besides the use of atomic weapons, the US military engaged in other extreme war tactics in the Pacific.”
The firebombing of Tokyo that killed over 100,000 people appears in the takeaway. As all students of history know, this was strictly terror bombing, designed to kill as many people as possible by burning them out of their homes.
The authors also spend some effort in discussing the role and use of atomic weapons in ending the war. Key takeaway four is:
“The use of atomic bombs lacked unanimous approval among US military leadership.”
It is pointed out that the debate over the use of atomic weapons against the Japanese took place at the time and continues to this day.
As a student of history, I am always looking for new and interesting books. While this book likely does not contain anything new to me, it clearly is a valuable item in the popular history of World War II.