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John Willard Toland (June 29, 1912 in La Crosse, Wisconsin - January 4, 2004 in Danbury, Connecticut) was an American author and historian. He is best known for his bestselling biography of Adolf Hitler Author Toland dies at age 91 : La Crosse Tribune and for his Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II history of Japan, The Rising Sun.

Toland was a graduate of Williams College, and he also attended the Yale School of Drama for a time. His original goal was to become a playwright. In the summers between his college years, he travelled with hobos and wrote several plays with hobos as central characters, none of which achieved the stage. In 1961, Toland said that in his early years as a writer he had been "about as big a failure as a man can be". He claimed to have written six complete novels, 26 plays, and a hundred short stories before successfully completing his first sale, a short story he sold to The American Magazine in 1954 for $165. At one point he managed to publish an article on dirigibles in Look magazine; it proved extremely popular and led to his career as a historian. Dirigibles were also the subject of his first full published book, entitled Ships in the Sky and published in 1957.

Perhaps his most important work, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971, is The Rising Sun. Based on original and extensive interviews with high Japanese officials who survived the war, the book chronicles Imperial Japan from the military rebellion of February 1936 to the end of World War II. The book won the Pulitzer because it was the first book in English to tell the history of the war in the Pacific from the Japanese point of view, rather than from an American perspective.

The stories of the battles for the stepping stones to Japan, the islands in the Pacific which had come under Japanese domination, are told from the perspective of the commander sitting in his cave rather than from that of the heroic forces engaged in the assault. Most of these commanders committed suicide at the conclusion of the battle, but Toland was able to reconstruct their viewpoint from letters to their wives and from reports they sent to Tokyo.

Toland tried to write history as a straightforward narrative, with minimal analysis or judgment. One exception to his general approach is his Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath about the Pearl Harbor attack and the investigations of it, in which he wrote about evidence that President Franklin Roosevelt knew in advance of plans to attack the naval base but remained silent. The book was widely criticized at the time. Since the original publication, Toland added new evidence and rebutted early critics. Also, an anonymous source, known as "Seaman Z" (Robert D. Ogg) has since come forth to publicly tell his story.

While predominantly a non-fiction author, Toland also wrote two historical novels, Gods of War and Occupation. He says in his autobiography that he earned little money from his Pulitzer Prize-winning, The Rising Sun, but was set for life from the earnings of his biography of Hitler, for which he also did original research.

Toland died of pneumonia on January 4, 2004, at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut.

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Total Books: 201
The Last 100 Days Library Edition
2014 - The Last 100 Days Library Edition (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781483001333
ISBN-10: 1483001334
Genre: History

The Last 100 Days The Tumultuous and Controversial Story of the Final Days of World War II in Europe
The Rising Sun
2014 - The Rising Sun (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781482993967
ISBN-10: 1482993961
Genre: History

The Rising Sun The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 - 1945
2014 - The Rising Sun the Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 - 1945 (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781482993974
ISBN-10: 148299397X
Genre: History

Adolf Hitler
2014 - Adolf Hitler (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781482988222
ISBN-10: 1482988224
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History

Adolf Hitler The Definitive Biography
2014 - Adolf Hitler the Definitive Biography (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781482988239
ISBN-10: 1482988232
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History

Battle The Story of the Bulge
2014 - Battle the Story of the Bulge (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781482970968
ISBN-10: 1482970961

A New Edition of Toland's History of the Druids
2012 - A New Edition of Toland's History of the Druids [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781440094262
ISBN-10: 1440094268
Genre: Religion & Spirituality

Le Nazaren ou le Christianisme des juifs des gentils et des Mahomtans Traduit de l'anglois De Jean Toland
A Critical History of the Celtic Religion and Learning Containing an Account of the Druids or the Priests and Judges
A Critical History of the Celtic Religion and Learning Containing An account of the Druids
A Collection of Several Pieces of Mr John Toland The Life of Mr Toland  the History of the Druids Cicero Illustratus De
The State Anatomy of Great Britain Containing Particular Account of Its Several Interests and Parties Being a Memorial Sent by an Intimate
Letters to Serena
2010 - Letters to Serena (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141705696
ISBN-10: 1141705699

Adeisidaemon Sive Titus Livius a Superstitione Vindicatus  Annexae Sunt Ejusdem Origines Judaicae
Vindicius Liberius Or M Toland'S Defence of Himself Against the Late Lower House of Convocation and Others
A Critical History of the Celtic Religion and Learning Containing an Account of the Druids With the History of Abaris the Hyperborian Priest
A Collection of Several Pieces of Mr John Toland  Now Just Published From His Original Manuscripts With Some Memoirs of His Life
A Collection of Several Pieces of Mr John Toland
2010 - A Collection of Several Pieces of Mr John Toland [Volume 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781152767492
ISBN-10: 1152767496

2009 - Amyntor (Paperback)
2009 - Le Nazareen Ou Le Christianisme [1777 - French Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - Tetradymus [1720] (Paperback)
2003 - Analytic Theory of Global Bifurcation [Princeton Series in Applied Mathematics] (Hardcover)
2001 - Infamy Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath [Penguin Classic Military History] (Paperback)
1998 - Hitler [Wordsworth Collection] (Paperback)
1992 - Infamy (Paperback)
1983 - Infamy (Paperback)