John Toland

John Toland was an outstanding American historian of the second half of the twentieth century. Among his numerous honors, he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for The Rising Sun, a book about the rise and fall of the Japanese empire during World War II.

Born in La Crosse , Wisconsin , in 1912, he received his undergraduate degree from Williams College before attending the Yale School of Drama, 1936-37. For several years he served with the US Army Air Force, rising to the rank of captain.

Among his many books, both non-fiction and fiction, was a best-selling biography, Adolf Hitler, and an autobiography, Captured by History.

He died at the age of 91 on January 4, 2004, in Danbury , Connecticut , where he and his wife, Toshiko, had been living for years. He was survived by his wife, three daughters and three grand-children.

John Toland supported the work of the Institute for Historical Review. His lecture at the Tenth IHR Conference (1990), entitled “Living History,” was published in The Journal of Historical Review, Spring 1991. Audio and video recordings are available for sale from the IHR.

Harry Elmer Barnes

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