For fans of Bill O’Reilly’s Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan (DB85755), check out these books about the Pacific War that contain stories from the Japanese perspective:
So Sad to Fall in Battle: An Account of War Based on General Tadamichi Kuribayashi Letters to Iwo Jima
Portrait of Japanese lieutenant general Kuribayashi Tadamichi, commander in chief of Iwo Jima during the infamous World War II battle. Draws on interviews with survivors and relatives as well as Tadamichi’s personal correspondences to recreate the thirty-six-day campaign including Tadamichi’s defeat and death at the hands of American marines. 2007.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s updated account of the tragedy of the world’s first atomic bomb. In 1945, while the ashes of Hiroshima were still warm, Hersey traveled to Japan to interview the survivors, whose narratives articulate the devastating aftermath. The last chapter was added nearly forty years later. 1985.
Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War
Three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, an American B-29 bomber dropped a five ton plutonium bomb on Nagasaki. The explosion equaled 21,000 tons of TNT, the blast tore through factories, shops and homes, carrying unprecedented levels of radiation that penetrated humans and animals. An estimated 74,000 people were killed and another 75,000 were wounded. Much of the world saw this as an end to a long and costly global war, but for tens of thousands, their lives as hibakusha, atomic bomb effected people, had just begun. Contains some violence. 2015.