Never read a word by Bill but knew about his "Killing" series of books. I said "WTF are you doing with this crap?" He told me that his bro is an arch conservative and gives out tomes like that for Xmas. He said, "if you want it, take it. I won't touch it".
So, being into a WW2 history mode, I did indeed bring it home to read.
That was a mistake.
Jesus Christ Jesus Christ Jesus Christ Jesus Christ Jesus Christ
My eyes were bleeding.
It was horrid. I got tghru like 3 pages. It was written by a child. It quoted people that were impossible to quote. Made up dialog, made up events.
Capote could pull off a non-fiction novel, Bill and his ghosting pal can't.
I like this review from Amazon:
Horrid, self referential, poorly written and the worst sin of all: boring.If you wanted to develop a good perspective on World War II in the Pacific this book is not the place to go. It’s written on a 10th grade level, leaves you knowing very little about the subject and almost no understanding of why the war against Japan happened in the first place.
Far better accounts of this subject can be found in Bankrupting the Enemy, by Edward S. Miller; Japan 1941, by Eri Hotta; Day of Deceit, by Robert B. Stinnett; A Time for War, by Robert Smith Thompson; and Operation Snow, by John Koster. It’s a complex subject and requires something far superior to O’Reilly’s book to even begin to understand.