The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45 (E–pub)
Mammoth history of Japan s involvement in the Second World War Toland
seeks to emulate the sweep if not the editorial tone of Shirer to emulate the sweep if not the editorial tone of Shirer Rise and Fall of the Third Reich mixing high level cabinet deliberations and diplomacy with military strategy and the on the ground experience of Japanese soldiers and sailors Toland s ortrait shows a Japanese leadership eager to exploit China but agonizing over their decision to attack America and Britain the division among Japan s military and olitical leadership and their wholehearted commitment once war s actually declared Toland relishes details from the importance of mistranslation in deteriorating diplomatic relations to the slang and attitudes of Japanese troops Because of its scope the book s somewhat spotty on certain subjects the Sino Japanese War s barely touched on while the Anglo Chinese campaign in Burma s reduced to a brief chapter There s a long section on the founding of the East Asia Co Prosperity Sphere and its Kapriolen Des Schicksals[Roman] popularity amongan Asians but no follow up on the movement s dissolving as Japan s brutality became evident For that matter Japanese atrocities are heavily downplayed reduced to a sentence or two amidst detailed multipage battle accounts If Toland seems overly sympathetic to Japanese aspirations he deserves credit at least for his comprehensive multilayered approach An epic account of the Japanese war Toland tells the story from many different The Magnanimous Heart perspectives from the Emperor and his aides to the lowly soldier trapped in Guadalcanal It is all here therelude to Pearl Harbour to the finale of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Many aspects are of interest the Japanese were continually obsessed with striking the fatal knock out blow At Pearl Harbour they believed they had accomplished that They tried again at Midway Tarawa to be held for one thousand years Saipan and on and on They even believed they could destroy the enemy on the Japanese mainland Another aspect is the ferociousness of the combatants who refused to surrender and viewed suicide as the honourab With a Nobel rize winning book John Toland accomplishes telling the Japanese side of WWII The 1930 s were an interesting time in Asia Japan had an exploding opulation and no natural resources They also had a very dangerous enemy in Communist Soviet Union threatening her Japan s solution laid in
northern china sChina s They occupied Manchuria easily because China was too weak to defend it Japanese business moved in and Japanese Over Mintmarks and Hot Repunched Mintmarks populated it Manchuriarovided a number of benefits to Japan They included not only a territory to expand into but also had some natural resources More importantly however it was a buffer between the Soviet Union and Japan itself China s fear of further Japanese aggression led their weak governmental military forces to combine with the government s inner enemy the Chinese Communist forces in a joint effort against JapanSoon menacing Chinese forces fired on the Japanese at the Marco Polo Bridge Japan retaliated thrashing the Chinese forces and occupying vast Chinese territory including Nanking However some oorly disciplined Japanese soldiers unbeknown to their Commander General Jwane Mastui raped murdered and massacred as many as 300000 Chinese civiliansWith this background the book gives us a good detail of the history of AmericanJapanese relations They began in 1853 when Mathew Perry s ships ulled into Tokyo Bay with a letter from President Milliard Fill asking Japan to open its doors to American goods Good relations continued with America s support for Japan in the Russo Japanese War American Investment Bank Kuhn Loeb and Co financed much of the war for Japan And in 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace One Day in December prize for brokering the end of. 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 Japaneseerspective The Rising Sun is in the author?.
Free download The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 45The Russo Japanese War Also in doing so saved Japan from economic collapse However the Japanese eople were never told by their government of their Isabel de Solis, Soraya: Un Cuento de Amor En La Alhambra pending economic collapse due to the cost of the war so they correspondingly held the US accountable because the war was stopped while Japan was clearly winning Now back to the story Japan had taken control of Northern China Manchuria and Vietnam where she had alace to Out of the Box populate her growing citizenry As a result America instituted restricting exports to Japan Oil was the main restricted export In fact Japan received 100% of its oil from the USA Without oil Japan could not maintain its expanding territory Japan had alsoartnered with Germany and Italy because she feared an Anglo Saxon takeover of the World by America and England She also correctly held the view that the West held her to a double standard specifically because of her race What Japan meant was that England had colonies in the
Caribbean Central America And Elsewhere America Had Taken Texas AndCentral America and elsewhere America had taken Texas and from Mexico as well as annexing Hawaii and the Philippines Yet Japan had no right to expand Japan had intensively The First Secret of Edwin Hoff prepared for the Pearl Harbor attack They also tried to avoid attacking America through diplomacy However combinations of forces worked against a diplomatic solution First FDR s Secretary of State Cordell Hull did not trust the Japanese Second America s friendship with England and Japan s alliance with Germany did not bode well for the Japanese England had already been at war with Germany at the time of Japan s attempted diplomacy Third Japanese atrocities committed against the Chineserovided a less sympathetic American government Fourth bad translations of messages turned sincere attempts at reconciliation into belligerently viewed intelligence In addition Japan had been running out of oil so the longer they waited for a diplomatic solution the dire their situation gotWith those conditions Japan s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 was very successful from their oint of view They had killed 2403 Americans sunk 18 ships and destroyed 188 lanesWhen Winston Churchill found out he immediately called President Roosevelt When the President confirmed Winston hung up went to bed and had a good night sleep America was now in the war England was now savedThe war in the Pacific did not start out well for the Allies America and England First the Japanese stunned the English with a victory at the Battle of Singapore In 7 days Japan inflicted upon England their largest surrender in their very active military history That followed with a Japanese Sea victory at Java an island south of Borneo The Allies luck changed with the Battle of Midland *The Allies learned of the coming Japanese attack and lanned a brilliant * Allies learned of the coming Japanese attack and lanned a brilliant by surprising Japan with a bombing raid on Japan s homeland This was País íntim planned and implemented by James Doolittle This attack shook Japan s air of invincibility The Allies triumphant victory followedAs the war went on America saw victories Long lasting military heroes such as Douglass MacArthur Bull Halsey and Chester Nimitz emerged as a result Mr Toland vividly describes the atrocities of all of the major battles with spine chilling accuracy The fact that the Japanese belief that surrender was worse than death was something that only made their state worse Mr Toland describes the compassion American soldiers had on Japaneserisoners of war Feeding nursing and treating their captives with respect were the typical American Under Lock and Key prison camp norms When America developed the Atomic bomb it was calculated that using it would end the war and save thousands of lives However leaflets dropped on Japan about the dire conseuences that America s new weapon would bring were ignored And st. ?s words “a factual saga ofeople caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind told as it happened muddled ennobling disgraceful frustrating full of aradox”In weaving together the historical facts and human drama leading up to and culminating in th. Ill after the A bomb was dropped on Hiroshima they refused to surrender The second bomb dropped on Nagasaki would finally and reluctantly convince Japan to capitulate At the surrender ceremony MacArthur gave an absolutely brilliant speech Which Left The Japanese left the Japanese Nippon Times to say a new Japan which will vindicate our ride by winning the respect of the world 4 Stars
is robably one of the best one volume history of the Pacific war that I have read It doesn make the mistake of beginning with Japan s war with the West but starts with the Something Wicked positioning before the Marco Polo bridge incident It mixes the military campaigns and battles with theolitics at home This includes detailed accounts of the Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover 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 USarticipation which is understandable but also covers the UK Australia and New Zealand The Soviet Union is also covered here in both the Freud and His Followers political and espionage aspects as well as the history of the countries interactionre 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 Pjesme person accounts I felt empathy for theeople at ground zero and yes he made them feel like eople 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 erspective change will always be an issue when you have read detailed accounts of campaigns and are re approaching it from a broader erspective I just had to adjust my oint of view Looking for a relatively light read I icked this off the shelves where it had been sitting for years Having read a couple of his other books I was retty sure that Toland would be interestingIndeed he was even interesting than I had expected neither expecting that this book would be so sympathetic to the Japanese A'dan Z'ye Yaşar Kemal perspective nor that Toland s wife was Japanese No expert but certainly not unread about the war in the Pacific I was rather blown away by theresentation the other books I d read being very muchThis is robably one of the best one volume history of the Pacific war that I have read It doesn
pro Allies anti AxisAmong the Nacht propositionsut to the reader by Toland s text are how JapaneseAllies anti AxisAmong the ropositions ut to the reader by Toland s text are how Japanese was substantially independent of that of the other Axis owers and how the Pacific war might well have been avoided had the US State Department another secretary at the time Other contentious ositions taken by the author include a rather critical The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together portrayal of MacArthur and a ratherositive one of Emperor Hirohito Roosevelt and Ambassador Grew come across well Rumors that Roosevelt knew beforehand of the Japanese intention to attack Pearl Harbor are discountedMost Curse of Rocky Colavito particularly however I liked how Toland used and defined a number of Japanese terms and expressions employing this as one means to get at the Japanese mindset something few in the US government or military understoodLike the original Tora Tora motionicture coproduced by citizens of both countries or like Clint Eastwood s recent diptych on one battle of the war this book is unusually balanced and is to be highly recommendedNow I just have to find the second volume as this one ends with Guadalcanal arguably the turning oint of the Pacific War I have since found this edition a combination of both volumes and have given the first volume of the other edition away to a Japanese friend for her reaction. 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?.