Rising Sun Victorious: The Alternate History of How the Japanese won the Pacific War

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“Everyone with an interest in the Pacific War will find something stimulating in this thought-provoking study of what might have been.”
–British Army Review


In war, victory can be held hostage to seemingly insignificant incidents–chance events, opportunities seized or cast aside–that can derail the most brilliant military strategies and change the course of history. What if the Japanese had conquered India and driven out the British? What if the strategic link between the United States and Australia had been severed? What if Vice Admiral Nagumo had launched a third attack on Pearl Harbor? What if the U.S. Navy’s gamble at Midway had backfired?

Ten leading military historians ask these and other questions in this fascinating book. The war with Japan was rife with difficult choices and battles that could have gone either way. These fact-based alternate scenarios offer intriguing insights into what might have happened in the Pacific during World War II, and what the consequences would have been for America.


“A compelling read . . . bound to generate a good deal of debate.”
–The Defense Information Bulletin

“Rising Sun Victorious is must reading.”
–Almanac of Seapower

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This look at WW2 in the Pacific by mil. historians examines the possibilities of the ways not taken: the opportunities for decisive advantages that could have been won by the arms of Imperial Japan. What would have happened if, for example, Japan had followed up its plan to attack the Soviet Union rather than the U.S.? Or if Nagumo had sent in his 3rd wave at Pearl Harbor: What if Japan had conquered India & knocked Britain out of the Pacific War, or if Japanese landings in Australia had severed the strategic link between the U.S. & its SW Pacific base? The authors, writing as if these & other world-changing events had actually happened, project realistic scenarios based on the true capabilities & circumstances of the forces involved. Illustrations.

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Leading military historians examine scenarios that would have enabled the Japanese to win the war in the Pacific, yielding an intriguing look at how the Land of the Rising Sun might have emerged victorious. What if the Japanese had conquered India and driven out the British? What if the strategic link between the U.S. and Australia had been severed? The result is stimulating reading for anyone interested in how the chances of history affected the outcome of WWII.

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