The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-45 (1970)
by John Toland
John Toland recounts the history of the Pacific War from the years leading to the attack on Pearl Harbor until Japan’s surrender to the Allies in magnificent detail.
His copious research and numerous interviews with individuals ranging from the lowly foot soldier to the highest levels of military and civilian authority result in a narrative history with a true epic sweep.
Toland has a novelist's eye that recreates events in riveting fashion and an analytical mind that explains strategy and motivation with great clarity.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.