Beginning with the death of President Roosevelt, Countdown 1945 delivers a quick-fire history lesson of the days in between Truman’s swearing-in and the cataclysmic nuclear events at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Award-winning journalist Chris Wallace and Pulitzer winner Mitch Weiss present this vital part of world history with material that makes the topic accessible. Minute yet important personal details jump off the page in spectacular fashion, showing the inner machinations and thoughts of the nation’s leaders and figureheads during this intense period of secrecy and war.
While the emphasis of Countdown is not necessarily one of reflection, the rippling effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not without mention. Ultimately, there is no reconciliation of emotion, no universal sentiment. Guilt and justification both run strong depending on who is asked. Was this the greatest event in world history? The authors have left that up to the reader to decide for themselves.
Jumping from location to location, Countdown 1945 features famous historical figures; Einstein, Oppenheimer, Groves and Fermi are all present, as are the infamous bomber pilots and airmen who delivered the nuclear payloads. Wallace and Weiss have succeeded in presenting a fresh, almost thriller-like historical work; filled with interesting details and perfect for the history buff in your life.
Review by Joel
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