16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as it's made out to be.,
This review is from: Rising Sun (Military Classics) (Paperback)
This is a mammoth undertaking of a book, but even then can hardly scratch the surface of a very complicated subject. It's main value lies in explaining the decisions and actions that led up to Japanese involvement in WW2, but there is the feeling that a lot has been left out. Once Pearl Harbor is attacked then the book becomes less about the rise and fall of Japan and more about how Japan lost the war to the USA. If it doesn't involve the US then it's not worth more than a couple of lines; the conquest of Malaya, Burma and the Dutch East Indies? Pfft, nothing to see here, move along. Yet the loss of the Phillipines is there in every last detail. The battle for Guadalcanal goes on for ever too.
No, I'm afraid that this book isn't even pro-Japanese as some reviewers have said. Yes, it's ten years of Japanese history with a lot of the nasty bits left out, hardly a mention of the massacres of POWs and civilians for example, but this book is really about how the Japanese were inferior to the might of the Americans. The point of the book seems to be to tell them that they should have stayed at home.