Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima by Stephen Walker

Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima

byStephen Walker

Kobo ebook | March 17, 2009

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A riveting, minute-by-minute account of the momentous event that changed our world forever

On a quiet Monday morning in August 1945, a five-ton bomb—dubbed Little Boy by its creators—was dropped from an American plane onto the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On that day, a firestorm of previously unimagined power was unleashed on a vibrant metropolis of 300,000 people, leaving one third of its population dead, its buildings and landmarks incinerated. It was the terrifying dawn of the Atomic Age, spawning decades of paranoia, mistrust, and a widespread and very real fear of the potential annihilation of the human race.

Author Stephen Walker brilliantly re-creates the three terrible weeks leading up to the wartime detonation of the atomic bomb—from the first successful test in the New Mexico desert to the cataclysm and its aftermath—presenting the story through the eyes of pilots, scientists, civilian victims, and world leaders who stood at the center of earth-shattering drama. It is a startling, moving, frightening, and remarkable portrait of an extraordinary event—a shockwave whose repercussions can be felt to this very day.

Title:Shockwave: Countdown to HiroshimaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 17, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061839892

ISBN - 13:9780061839894

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reads Like a Novel!!! This book came out after the 60th anniversary of the dropping of two atomic bombs over Japan to force to pressure its leadership to surrender. Who could imagine that past history could read like a suspenseful novel with real historical personalities and places brought to life. The morality and ethics of using the bomb still impacts us today reflecting the old adage that the 'end justifies the means." Amazing book that should be read by everyone, especially youth.
Date published: 2018-01-17