Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan

Version: Unabridged
Author: Bill O'Reilly , Martin Dugard
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Genres: History, Military
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: September 2016
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 21 minutes
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The powerful and riveting new book in the multimillion-selling Killing series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Killing the Rising Sun takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan.

Across the globe in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. In Washington, DC, FDR dies in office and Harry Truman ascends to the presidency, only to face the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon. And in Tokyo, Emperor Hirohito, who is considered a deity by his subjects, refuses to surrender, despite a massive and mounting death toll. Told in the same page-turning style of Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, and Killing Reagan, this epic saga details the final moments of World War II like never before.

Reviews (30)


Written by Nu E. on June 4th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The bomb will always be a controversial issue as the U.S stands the only nation to have used the nuclear weapon against civilians. The Japanese concentration camps in US and Canada however is straight up messed up. It fueled the racism against east Asians in North America and subsequent dehumanization of local civilians during that pointless war in Vietnam.

Written by Anonymous on January 7th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An exquisite book with a fascinating dose of forgotten history


Written by Richard S. on December 8th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thought this was a great read and looked forward everyday to listen to what would be happening next. I thought the walk through history was done in an excellent fashion and the narration was 100%! Well recommend.


Written by Keith B. on October 12th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book

Written by Anonymous on April 1st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Unbelievable .... perfect why doesn’t our school system tell this correct tale!


Written by James J on December 11th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Book really suck suck real bad

Written by Julia S on October 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another fantastic historical chronical! I thoroughly enjoyed it and (re)learned the valuable history of WWII and the dawn of the nuclear age.

Written by JEFFREY B on September 30th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is the perfect audio book for this subject matter. This book is, in short, a collection of works summarizing the war with Japan. It's not only about the bomb. A MUST READ/Listen


Written by Jayne G on August 27th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This should be required reading for every high school student in the US. Students need to understand the situation from all angles that factored into the decisions made during WWII in the Japanese theater. Very important that our youths are properly educated on facts.


Written by Karen J on August 3rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent narration of the Japanese conflict during WWII and the American victory. A tragic time for all involved. It's a fascinating read and I learned a lot about that part of WWII which I had not learned as much about as the European conflict. Highly recommend!

Author Details

Author Details

O'Reilly, Bill

"Born in Manhattan and raised in the suburb of Levittown, N.Y., Bill O'Reilly had a blue-collar, ethnic upbringing common in the Northeast. He attended Chaminade High School, and spent most of his childhood playing sports and annoying teachers.

O'Reilly went on to attend Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he wrote a column for the school newspaper and played football. In his junior year, O'Reilly was accepted into an overseas program, and studied at the University of London. He received a B.A. in history from Marist.

Upon graduation, O'Reilly began teaching at Monsignor Pace High School in a suburb of Miami. After two years, he returned to college and earned an M.A. in broadcast journalism from Boston University.

Then O'Reilly's television career began. His first stop was WNEP-TV in Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Pa. He then landed at WFAA-TV in Dallas, where he won a Dallas Press Club Award for excellence in investigative reporting. From Dallas, it was on to KMGH-TV in Denver, where O'Reilly won an Emmy for his coverage of a skyjacking. After two years in the Rocky Mountains, O'Reilly returned to the East Coast and joined WCBS-TV in New York City, where he won his second Emmy for an investigation of corrupt city marshals. O'Reilly was then promoted to the CBS network, where he reported on the wars in El Salvador and the Falkland Islands from his base in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

O'Reilly's career as an anchor began at the CBS and ABC affiliates in Boston, and continued at KATU-TV in Portland, Ore., before he joined ABC News as a correspondent in 1986. While at ABC, O'Reilly appeared on The World News broadcast nearly 100 times, and received a National Headliner Award for excellence in investigative reporting for a series of expos‚s on the Bradley fighting vehicle.

In February 1989, O'Reilly took over for David Frost as the anchor of the nationally syndicated program ""Inside Edition."" Under the O'Reilly reign, the program reached its ratings zenith, and was rarely out of the top 10 in syndicated rankings. While at ""Inside,"" O'Reilly was the first national anchor to broadcast live from the scene of the riots in Los Angeles, and was named reporter of the year by the New York Crime Victims organization.

During his 20-year career, O'Reilly has reported from all over the world, including Vietnam, Kuwait, Berlin, Brazil, Australia, Japan, France, Romania and England. In addition, O'Reilly penned an opinion column in The Boston Herald for seven years, and his articles have appeared in publications such as Newsweek magazine, The New York Times and Parade magazine.

O'Reilly was accepted into the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in early 1995. He subsequently resigned from his job at ""Inside Edition,"" and prepared to go back to school by writing his first book, ""Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Murder and Television,"" which is now in its second printing.

In the spring of 1996, O'Reilly received an M.A. in public policy from Harvard, and immediately took a job as the executive producer and anchor of ""The O'Reilly Factor"" on the then-new Fox News Channel. O'Reilly lives on Long Island, and still plays touch football with childhood friends. His other hobbies include collecting American historical documents, diving, and sleeping as much as possible. "

Dugard, Martin

Martin Dugard has carved a career as one of the foremost adventure writers today. The author of "Knockdown: The Harrowing True Account of a Yacht Race Turned Deadly" and co-author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Survivor: The Ultimate Game, " his work appears regularly in "GQ, Sports Illustrated, " and "Esquire." An avid adventurer, Dugard has completed the Raid Gauloises race three times, and is co-holder of the Around the World Speed Record. He lives with his wife and three children in Orange County, California.