Rising Sun Victorious – The Alternate History of How the Japanese Won the Pacific War, Edited By Peter G. Tsouras

RISING SUN VICTORIOUS — THE ALTERNATE HISTORY OF HOW THE JAPANESE WON THE PACIFIC WAR
edited by Peter G. Tsouras
(Greenhill Books, 2001; 240 pp. — ISBN 185367446X).

The book is a compilation of stories about 10 different battles in the Pacific in WWII. Most historians or history buffs of WWII know how lucky the Allies were in a number of battles, which often leads to the saying, “God was on Our Side.”

Changing the history of battles is akin to the Japanese changing their history books of WWII. For a student of history or an interested reader, one can easily be confused on what really happened. Examining the “what if” of various battles makes for interesting reading and the individual contributors know their history well. But why confuse the issue? It would have been more beneficial had the editor approached the story from the point of view of lessons learned rather than delving into make-believe. The writers and editor are obviously well versed on the war in the Pacific and should have made a more constructive book using facts that actually occurred.