By Jeff Shaara
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
With the struggle in Europe winding down within the spring of 1945, the us turns its colossal army assets towards a livid attack at the final nice stepping-stone to Japan—the seriously fortified island of Okinawa. The three-month conflict within the Pacific theater will function probably the most vicious strive against of the complete moment international conflict, as American troops confront an enemy that might otherwise be slaughtered than adventure the disgrace of hand over. in the meantime, stateside, a unique type of crusade is being waged in mystery: the improvement of a weapon so robust, no longer even the scientists who construct it comprehend simply what they're approximately to unharness. Colonel Paul Tibbets, one of many most interesting bomber pilots within the U.S. military Air Corps, is chosen to guide the venture to drop the terrible new weapon on a jap urban. As President Harry S Truman mulls his techniques and eastern health care provider Okiro Hamishita cares for sufferers at a medical institution close to Hiroshima, voters at the domestic entrance watch for the day of reckoning that everybody is aware is coming.
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