The Rising Sun
The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945
By John Toland
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780812968583, 976pp.)
Publication Date: May 27, 2003
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In weaving together the historical facts and human drama leading up to and culminating in the 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.
“[It] is quite possibly the most readable, yet informative account of the Pacific war.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Unbelievably rich . . . readable and exciting . . . The best parts of [Toland’s] book are not the battle scenes but the intimate view he gives of the highest reaches of Tokyo politics.” —Newsweek
“Similar in scope to William Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Toland’s book is fresh and dramatic throughout. The Rising Sun is not only a blood-and-guts action story, it also presents for the first time a great deal of fresh information.” —Chicago Sun-Times