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.
CBC Endorsement from Bill O’Reilly!
For more than 13 years Bill O’Reilly has presided over The O’Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel, the highest rated cable news program. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner, as well as the recipient of a Governor’s Award from the Boston/New England chapter of the prestigious National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Prior to becoming executive producer and anchor of The Factor, he served as national correspondent for ABC News and as anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition.
O’Reilly was born in New York, and lived in New Jersey and on Long Island. He played semi-professional baseball while attending Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. O’Reilly taught English and history in Miami prior to returning to school to earn a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a student of Marvin Kalb.
He was married to Maureen McPhilmy, a public relations executive, from 1996 until 2012. The couple have two children, and each resides in suburban Manhasset, New York.