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    [The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45] E–pub Ù John Toland This book explores Japan’s involvement in World War II It focuses upon the Pacific theater and upon battles the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and finally it explains in detail why it took so long for the J

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    [The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45] E–pub Ù John Toland Free read The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45 This is the third big book on the Pacific War I have read recently Ian Toll's first two books of a planned trilogy Pacific Crucible and The Conuering Tide were a magnificent historical account of the war from both sides So given that this book covers much the same ground though it was written much earlier I will do a lot of comparing with Toll's books though I think Toland's book is eually good and you will not find i

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    Free read The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45 John Toland Õ 4 Free download review · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ John Toland With a Nobel prize winning book John Toland accomplishes telling the Japanese side of WWII The 1930’s were an interesting time in

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    John Toland Õ 4 Free download [The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45] E–pub Ù John Toland Winner of the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for General Non Fiction this book covers the War in the Pacific from a Japanese perspective Extensive well researched and readable covering the timeframe from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and NagasakiAfter the Japanese invasion in Manchuria the book starts o

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    [The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45] E–pub Ù John Toland An epic account of the Japanese war Toland tells the story from many different perspectives – from the Emperor and his aides to the lowly soldier trapped in Guadalcanal It is all here – the prelude to Pearl Harbour to the finale of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Many aspects are of interest – the J

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    Free read The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45 John Toland Õ 4 Free download review · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ John Toland I generally avoid histories of WWII I enjoy history immensely but between Hollywood the History Channel and the vast array of fictio

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    Free read The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45 [The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45] E–pub Ù John Toland John Toland Õ 4 Free download Mammoth history of Japan's involvement in the Second World War Toland seeks to emulate the sweep if not the editorial tone of Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich mixing high level cabinet deliberations and

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  • The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45
  • John Toland
  • English
  • 10 June 2019
  • 9780812968583

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The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45 Free download õ 104 review · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ John Toland Free read The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45 ?s words “a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind told as it happened muddled ennobling disgraceful frustrating full of paradox”In weaving together the historical facts and human drama leading up to and culminating in th. 4 Stars This is probably one of the best one volume history of the Pacific war that I have read It doesn t make the mistake of beginning with Japan s war with the West but starts with the positioning before the Marco Polo bridge incident It mixes the military campaigns and battles with the politics at home This includes detailed accounts of the political and military manoeuvring of the Japanese leaders with the Prime Minister and the Emperor There is a lot of depth here which continues woven through the narrative of the war right up to the surrender of Japan This is balanced with the view from the Allies albeit in less detail This is heavily slanted toward US participation which is understandable but also covers the UK Australia and New Zealand The Soviet Union is also covered here in both the political and espionage aspects as well as the history of the countries interaction pre WW2 right through to the end game when the Soviets attacked The atomic bomb attack descriptions are terrifying and captivating Following Toland s use of first person accounts I felt empathy for the people at ground zero and yes he made them feel like people not statistics The contrast between the survivors matter of fact sounding descriptions and the horror of what they went through was confronting At times it was frustrating when I wanted detail but remembering this is a 1 volume history I realised I wasn t being fair This perspective change will always be an issue when you have read detailed accounts of campaigns and are re approaching it from a broader perspective I just had to adjust my point of view

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The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45 Free download õ 104 review · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ John Toland Free read The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45 This Pulitzer Prize–winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Told from the Japanese perspective The Rising Sun is in the author?. Shigenori Togo had just arrived at the Palace grounds Stars shone brilliantly It was going to be a fine day The Foreign Minister was immediately ushered into the Emperor s presence It was almost at the exact moment that Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomurawas supposed to see Secretary of State Cordell Hull Togo read President Roosevelt s message and the proposed draft of the Emperor s reply The Emperor approved the reply and his countenance Togo thought reflected a noble feeling of brotherhood with all peoples The spacious plaza outside the Sakashita Gate was deserted and as Togo drove away the sole noise in the city was the crunching of gravel under the car tires His mind was far away in a few minute one of the most momentous days in the history of the world would begin John Toland The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 1945 By my last count there were one gazillion books on World War II with coming out every week And it will never stop World War II will continue to be refought between the covers and on Kindles long after human memory of the event is gone It will be told for as long as there are people to tell stories The uestion then is which of those books to read You can spend your entire life reading World War II books and not even scratch the surface Besides there are other things to do in life Like drinking or reading about the American Civil War or doing both at the same time Thankfully there are a few landmark books the ones that everyone can name the ones that are certified as classic that stand out from the pack like a guy wearing an Armani suit at a clown college or a clown at an Armani store if you prefer In the European Theater of Operations one of those classics is William Shirer s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Shirer was a journalist who spent time in prewar Nazi Germany and even followed the Nazis into France Concerned that the Gestapo was going to arrest him Shirer fled Germany in 1940 and later wrote his seminal account a history of the Second World War as seen through the eyes of Hitler and his henchmen The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich has its shortcomings among them an archaic and heavily belabored distaste for homosexuality but there is no denying its place in the firmament All books coming after had to deal with its shadow John Toland s The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire is a Pacific Theater counterpoint to Shirer s masterwork It tells the tale of the other side of World War II and does so mainly from the point of view of the Japanese Upon publication it won the Pulitzer Prize and can be found in the endnotes and bibliography of just about every subseuent book written about the Pacific War More than anything though it is a book that finds that perfect balance between macro and micro between general and private and civilian It always strives to hold the big picture clear but never fails to remind you of the individuals who collectively made that big picture As such this is a rare history one that is scholarly and massively researched yet also shot through with empathy compassion and humanism It is one of the best books I ve read on World War II Toland begins in 1936 with young Japanese radicals bent on assassinating several of the Emperor s advisers These men were practicing gekokujo or insubordination a semi legitimate form of rebellion In this opening chapter Toland briskly sometimes too briskly outlines the background that fomented gekokujo the fall of monarchies after World War I the competition between democracy socialism and Communism that came in its wake the rapid westernization of Japan and the resulting scandals and corruption Japan s population explosion and the inevitable blowback by conservatives and nationalists During Japan s rise as a Pacific power it invaded Manchuria which it saw as a buffer against the Soviet Union with whom they d warred at the beginning of the century and as a source of raw materials and in 1932 established the puppet state of Manchukuo The creation of Manchukuo obviously heightened tensions between China and Japan Those tensions came to a head in 1937 at the Marco Polo Bridge in an incident that better marks the actual beginning of World War II as opposed to the September 1 1939 invasion of Poland by Hitler The clash at the Marco Polo Bridge led to full scale war including the infamous Nanking Massacre The only real criticism I have with The Rising Sun is in Toland s handling of the Second Sino Japanese War Part of the reason I bought this book was to learn about this forgotten theater Unfortunately however Toland deals with China in a cursory fashion He does not take the time to develop the strategy of the war or explain in great detail how it unfolded The fall of Nanking merits barely a page This stands in stark contrast to the space devoted to the American Japanese conflict beginning in 1942 For instance Toland devotes an entire and yes brilliant chapter to the battle of Guadalcanal In other words despite the broad claims of its cover The Rising Sun is mainly focused on the war between American and Japan This means less attention though it s not entirely ignored paid to China s dual struggle against Japan and themselves Britain s collapse in Singapore the Burma Campaign and the massive battles of Kohima and Imphal in IndiaEven though Toland decides to place his heaviest emphasis on familiar territory it nevertheless manages to be revelatory After the earlier chapters which felt compressed The Rising Sun hits its stride in the run up to Pearl Harbor You get to see the rationale behind Japan s decisions its attempts to negotiate with America especially through Prince Konoye and the different factions within the Japanese ministry When we think of Japan in World War II we think of Nanking and Pearl Harbor of the Bataan Death March and kamikazes Prime Minister Tojo has become a caricature of evil divorced from any of the human traits that even Hitler has posthumously been granted These conceptions do little to broaden our understanding of what actually happened By taking us into the backrooms of Japanese policymaking we get to see the world and its perils as they did They faced many difficulties as a small overcrowded island nation a net importer of just about everything When President Roosevelt decided to turn of the oil spigot it was as grave a threat to Japan as Khrushchev s October missiles were to the United States in 1962To be sure Japan s colonial impulses were brutal but they had learned from the best that is from Europe It is also interesting as Toland notes how Japan s pan Asian ambitions did not fall entirely on deaf ears There were many people for whom an Asian power in the Pacific was preferable to the white powers that had dominated for a hundred years or using their human capital and removing their resources for exploitation elsewhere After the war of course that pan Asian spark was enough to incite anti colonial movements all over Asia including Indochina and India The difficulty in writing this type of history is that you are taking the side of the conuered And history of course is written by the winners That means that Allied atrocities are subordinated to the carnage perpetrated by the bad guys In other words the casual reader familiar with the winner s take might feel that Toland is soft peddling Japan s crimes I don t think he does Anything that smacks of such is a function of the point of view he has chosen for his narrative Nobody does evil thinking it is evil there is always a rationalization followed by a rationalization until you re in too deep A good example of this is the Bataan Death March Toland does not skimp on the horrors suffered by MacArthur s captured troops but does place it in a milieu divorced from contemporary propaganda He shows how the overarching cause of the Death March was Japan s poor planning and its utter surprise at America s collapse in the Philippines They were simply not prepared for the influx of tens of thousands of starving disease ridden soldiers General Homma s execution at the end of the war can only be seen as MacArthur s crass punishment of the man who kicked his ass off Corregidor Though General Homma did not set out to massacre his prisoners there were certainly men under his command who intended just that This filtered down to the rank and file Japanese soldier who was created within a framework of unending violence beaten by his superiors taught to fight to the death imbued with the belief that capture was dishonor and that the way of the warrior was death Toland was an author especially suited as far as a white American could be to tell this story as he was married to a Japanese woman named Toshiko who assisted as his interpreter By giving an account of the Pacific War from the Japanese perspective he gave them a humanity denied by wartime hyperbole of unthinking unfeeling murderous fanatics Toland gives them a voice uotes their letters and diaries stands with them in their pillboxes or on the street the day a bomb exploded with the light of a thousand suns My greatest surprise in reading The Rising Sun was its emotional impact It begins as a straightforward chronological history marked by tremendous research but structurally run of the mill As the book progresses though you recognize the elegance of Toland s construction how he weaves the stories of heretofore unknown participants into the grander narrative Part of the reason The Rising Sun is so effective so powerful is the way Toland threads the mini arcs of participants into the larger story During the Battle of Saipan for instance Toland follows the travails of a young Japanese nurse and shows you the war through her eyes in all its terrible limited scope In Garapan a young volunteer nurse by the name of Shizuko Miura a tomboy with a round merry face flinched as the first shells landed She peered out the window of the first air station into the dim light The Americans were bombarding the town again As the explosions moved closer she helped transfer those wounded in the earlier shelling to a dugout With daylight came enemy planes and an even violent barrage from the ships It is June 14 Shizuko thought calmly I have lived for eighteen years and my time to die has come A shell shook the dugout like an earthuake and knocked her to the ground She staggered outside The first aid station was obliterated She saw a piece of red metal it was shrapnel and curious touched it with her finger It burned her Planes droned overhead but no one was firing at them Garapan was aflame The heat was so intense that she could hardly breathe She started to make her way through the rubbled streets strewn with bodiesToland was able to tell stories like this because of his diligent primary research In the source section you will find ten pages filled with names noting all the people with whom he d conducted interviews The names include prime ministers admirals and also Shizuko Miura For this reason alone The Rising Sun is a touchstone of World War II writing The firsthand information gathered from these participants many of whom might have been forgotten has proven invaluable to historians and writers who have followed in Toland s footprints But this is not the only reason to read The Rising Sun or even the best Rather it is a testament to humanity in the midst of the most inhuman period of human existence In Toland s own words it is a story that is muddled ennobling disgraceful frustrating full of paradox

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The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45 Free download õ 104 review · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ John Toland Free read The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45 E war in the Pacific Toland crafts a riveting and unbiased narrative history In his Foreword Toland says that if we are to draw any conclusion from The Rising Sun it is “that there are no simple lessons in history that it is human nature that repeats itself not history?. I generally avoid histories of WWII I enjoy history immensely but between Hollywood the History Channel and the vast array of fictions and histories this war has been done to death I would guess the reason for this is that it is still in our living memories it was the last war with a clear line between good and evil and because it was readily captured by contemporary visual media and preserved for us to see everyday Having said that I still occasionally pick up a WWII history if it has something that piues my interest The last WWII book to really do that for me was James Bradley s Flyboys which I thought was the fairest treatment of the war in the Pacific I had read up until now I found this book a Pulitzer Prize winner of some time ago thanks to reading a review by another GR friend thanks Matt The POV of the book is what caught my interest It is written primarily from the Japanese side of the war After reading Bradley s book I became aware for the first time that there was another side to WWII that I had never heard or read about and it was a legitimate point of view This book promised to increase my knowledge of that aspect of the war so I ordered a copy thanks Unfortunately I was not aware of the size of this tome and I do mean tome It is just short of 1000 pages 877 pages of text and then about another 100 pages of notes bibliography sources and index To put it mildly this is not a book that is easy to get physically comfortable with I wish the author and publisher had considered publishing it in than one volume just for the sake of old bones It also obviously will take a commitment to finish a book of this length but I can t imagine anybody seriously interested in the history of WWII not reading this book It expands my understanding of the Japanese culture of that time and the psychology of their people and their military The book also explains the Japanese motivations for beginning the war This was something that had been hinted at in Bradley s book but was really explored in detail in this book What really struck me was the aspect of WWII as it affected the native populations in the countries where the war was fought I was never aware of the undercurrent of hostility of the native populations for the white colonial governments and military That the Japanese entered this war carrying the banner of unity and freedom for Asians and the overthrow of the European overlords was very surprising As a boy growing up in the 50 s I remember the dismantling of the British Empire and how our world maps seemed to change every year when another country had gained independence I also recall reading about the European double cross of the people of the Middle East after WWI and now was reading that the Asians weren t going to let this happen to them The Asians were really caught in the middle with a choice between the Europeans that treated them with disdain or going with the Japanese who probably weren t going to be much better and maybe worse Fortunately they for the most part opted to back the Allies but they expected to be paid back after the war and that is the subject of another book that I may have to look for It would appear however that what took place in the world during the 50 s and early 60 s was the result of an antiuated colonial system and outright racism in which the US was a fully participating actor That President Truman rejected the idea of independence for Laos Cambodia Thailand and Viet Nam in favor of restoring French colonial rule came back to bite both France and the US in the figurative ass Another thing that strikes me about what I have read is how avoidable this war was Of course that isn t really a fair judgment since I am using hindsight But like almost all wars including those we are fighting today they are usually the result of cultural ignorance and an inability to view things from the other side The Japanese under estimated the people of the US and the US under estimated the Japanese and probably all Asian peoples This book is a must read for any student of history or any reader that enjoys reading about WWII What I would love to now discover is that this author has written a book following the aftermath of this war in the Pacific and what transpired in Asia Some us old enough know what happened as we lived through it but knowing why things happened as they did would be enlightening I guess I ll have to explore GR and to see if this book or one like it exists