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This review is from: Rising Sun (Military Classics) (Paperback)
Rising Sun by John Toland is a very good account of the Pacific War (from the mid 1930s onwards) told mainly from the Japanese viewpoint. It is increadibly in-depth but at the same time immensely readable. If it does have any major flaws it is that it is perhaps too symapathetic towards the Japanese (for example it is the only book on this subject I have ever read that suggests the Japanese were at least partly motivated to fight to emancipate their fellow Asians) and although it states it is about the rise and fall of the Japanese Empire in World War II it should really just claim to be about the Pacific War with the USA because the conflicts in China and Burma/India are only briefly mentioned. All in all a very good book and well worth the time it takes to read.