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

Version: Unabridged
Author: John Toland
Narrator: Tom Weiner
Genres: History, North America, Military
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: June 2014
# of Units: 32 CDs
Length: 41 hours
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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’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 the war in the Pacific, Toland crafts a riveting and unbiased narrative history.

Reviews (1)

Written by Matt Lady on July 21st, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A phenomenally well researched and well written account of the Japanese defeat in WWII. John Toland intricately paints the geopolitical picture and strategic resource dilemma Japan faced that eventually forced her into war with China and eventually the Anglo-ANZACK-American powers. Toland carefully weaves the listener through the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of war, while punctuating the saga with countless personal stories and recollections from those that were there.

Author Details

Author Details

Toland, John

John Toland (1912-2004) was an award-winning American author and one of the most widely read military historians of the twentieth century. His most well-known work is perhaps The Rising Sun, winner of the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and the first book in English to tell the story of the Pacific War from the Japanese perspective. Although primarily an author of historical nonfiction, Toland also wrote novels, plays, and short stories. Among his published books were four New York Times bestsellers: But Not in Shame, The Last Hundred Days, Adolf Hitler, and Infamy.