The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945
Toland also did The Last 100 Days, a multi-perspective account of how WWII in Europe ended. It was great. But the narrator was also great, while the narrator for Rising Sun is not. Biggest problem is his voice is all in low registers which means I can't listen to him while driving. However, the book is every bit what I was hoping; it basically outlines exactly how Japan entered WWII and why and how they were pretty much fucked from the get-go.
In two weeks I begin my 90-minutes-a-day of audiobooks for six weeks. This time I don't have a minor in world history to pursue via the Durants. I also have a backlog of 27 audiobooks I need to kill. We'll see if I can get through all of them.