Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the 116 Days

Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the 116 Days that Changed the World [PDF / Epub] ✅ Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the 116 Days that Changed the World By Chris Wallace – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk From Chris Wallace, the veteran journalist and anchor of Fox News Sunday, comes an electrifying behind the scenes account of the secret meetings and events across the globe during the days leading up From Chris Wallace, the veteran journalist The Extraordinary MOBI ð and anchor of Fox News Sunday, comes an electrifying behind the scenes account of the secret meetings and events across the globe during thedays leading up to the world s first use of the Countdown 1945: Kindle - atomic bomb in wartime the American attack on Hiroshima on August , April ,After years of bloody conflict in Europe and the Pacific, America is stunned by news of President Franklin D Roosevelt s death Countdowntells the gripping true story of 1945: The Extraordinary PDF ↠ the turbulent days, weeks, and months to follow, leading up to August when new President Harry Truman gives the order to unleash the world s first atomic bomb Featuring some of history s most remarkable leaders, page turning action, and vivid details, Countdownis a thrilling narrative of the covert meetings and pivotal developments that took place in the United States and around the world during the volatile spring and summer ofCountdowntakes readers inside the minds of the iconic and elusive figures who join the quest for the bomb, each for different reasons the legendary Albert Einstein, who eventually calls his vocal support for the atomic bomb the one great mistake in my life lead researcher Robert Oppie Oppenheimer and the Soviet spies who secretly infiltrate his team the fiercely competitive pilots of the plane selected to drop the bomb and many Perhaps most of all, Countdownis the story of an untested new president confronting a decision that he knows will change the world forever Truman s journey during thesedays is a story of high drama from the shock of learning of the bomb s existence, to the conflicting advice he receives from generals like Eisenhower and George Marshall, to wrestling with the devastating carnage that will result if he gives the order to use America s first weapon of mass destructionBut Countdownis than a book about the atomic bomb It s also an unforgettable account of the lives of ordinary American and Japanese civilians in wartime from Calutron Girls like Ruth Sisson in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to ten year old Hiroshima resident Hideko Tamura, who survives the blast at ground zero but loses her mother, and later immigrates to the United States, where she lives to this day as well as American soldiers fighting in the Pacific, waiting in fear for the order to launch a possible invasion of Japan Told with vigor, intelligence, and humanity, Countdownis the definitive account of one of the most consequential moments in history.


10 thoughts on “Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the 116 Days that Changed the World

  1. Greta Greta says:

    Everyone knows the outcome and yet Wallace manages to make this carefully researched part of history read like a thriller it s seriously an absolute page turner, not the least bit dry and currently NYT bestseller.Countdown 1945 by Wallace looks back at the days, weeks, and months, leading up to August 6, 1945, when Truman gave the order to drop the bomb on Hiroshima The reader is taken inside Trumans mind, as well as in other parties involved in the project, influencing and executing his deci Everyone knows the outcome and yet Wallace manages to make this carefully researched part of history read like a thriller it s seriously an absolute page turner, not the least bit dry and currently NYT bestseller.Countdown 1945 by Wallace looks back at the days, weeks, and months, leading up to August 6, 1945, when Truman gave the order to drop the bomb on Hiroshima The reader is taken inside Trumans mind, as well as in other parties involved in the project, influencing and executing his decision As I see it, the main purpose of this book is to humanize the decision making process of the bombing It intends to show that this was a decision Truman didn t make likely or hurried, but struggled with, before and after It introduces the different characters involved, with their personalities and backgrounds, from the Manhattan project and it s leading personalities like Oppenheimer, to the pilots and their experience pulling the plug You re introduced to the supporter of the attack and their arguments as well as to the opponents that tried to prevent the bombing till the end, all of them influencing Trumans resolution I feel like Wallace depiction remains overall fair and balanced What I didn t fully appreciate though was his depiction of Trumans personal moral struggle I don t question that making such a decision had a severe psychological impact on anyone with a conscience and it s fair to show that, but it s told in a way that seems hypocritical and manipulative at times, making it counterproductive.I am without question a pacifists and highly criticize the Japanese bombing Still I think it s very important to know about the US side and motives of the events as well This was political calculus and the bombs did exactly what they wanted them to do While Truman gave the order, it was mucha collective decision Russia and Britain were in knowledge as well and didn t even slightly object They made a decision, they were fully aware of the consequences and the only thing that would have made this book even better is, if Wallace had fully acknowledged that, instead of subliminally adding elements here and there that relativized it.Readers tip Also read Hiroshima by Hersey, which was the first report that made the consequences of the bombing public to American citizens, who had no idea about it s impact before The US media prevented all reporting and tried to cover it up I reviewed it as well and couldn t recommend it higher


  2. Lisa Konet Lisa Konet says:

    Everyone has heard about these events before but this book delves into the behind the scenes and deeper issues from Pearl Harbor to the release of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan I loved the beginning chapters started with a lot of conflict with FDR dying and a reluctant but ready Harry S Truman becoming the 33rd President of the United States He wanted to follow through with FDR s plans during war against Germany and Japan exactly as it was laid out Truman obviously had big shoes to full Everyone has heard about these events before but this book delves into the behind the scenes and deeper issues from Pearl Harbor to the release of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan I loved the beginning chapters started with a lot of conflict with FDR dying and a reluctant but ready Harry S Truman becoming the 33rd President of the United States He wanted to follow through with FDR s plans during war against Germany and Japan exactly as it was laid out Truman obviously had big shoes to full and a lot of quick learning to do.The details and narrative in this book was exceptional Any seasoned nonfiction reader can tell many hours of careful research and passion went into writing this book The result is something that is easier andinteresting to understand about a sensitive period in American history Definitely a new to me favorite nonfiction writer I highly recommend this to anyone interested in WWII history, American history events, etc A must read and definitely one I will add to be library as a hardcover.Thanks to Netgalley, Chris Wallace and Avid Reader Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Available 6 9 20


  3. Fire Fire says:

    This is an insightful and interesting look into the days leading up to the use of the Atomic Bomb in Japan It is interesting to see all of the small details and decisions that lead up to an event that changed warfare forever I really enjoyed learningabout this truly historic event It wasn t a decision that came lightly, but it was a decisive end to a war that had lasted for far too long I m glad I read this, I learned a lot and I ve always been interested in WWII so I m looking forward This is an insightful and interesting look into the days leading up to the use of the Atomic Bomb in Japan It is interesting to see all of the small details and decisions that lead up to an event that changed warfare forever I really enjoyed learningabout this truly historic event It wasn t a decision that came lightly, but it was a decisive end to a war that had lasted for far too long I m glad I read this, I learned a lot and I ve always been interested in WWII so I m looking forward to seeing what else I can learn from behind the scenes books like this.Very well done


  4. K.B. Pellegrino K.B. Pellegrino says:

    I ve read much on Truman s role as president and his decisive action, criticized by many, in dropping the atomic bombs in Japan I believe Truman was in the right place at the right time His acumen in discarding persuasive political rhetoric and thus enabling pertinent facts revealed to support his decisions in keeping with his own morality Was he perfect No, like all of us imperfect, but he was the man for the decisions that needed to be made in 1945 I also had many questions about decision I ve read much on Truman s role as president and his decisive action, criticized by many, in dropping the atomic bombs in Japan I believe Truman was in the right place at the right time His acumen in discarding persuasive political rhetoric and thus enabling pertinent facts revealed to support his decisions in keeping with his own morality Was he perfect No, like all of us imperfect, but he was the man for the decisions that needed to be made in 1945 I also had many questions about decisions made that laid the foundation of the Cold Was which were explained to my understanding A good book Good history and fairly told


  5. Mac Mac says:

    I expected Chris Wallace s Countdown 1945 to be informative it is I assumed it would be comprehensively researched it is and I hoped it would be full of behind the scenes details, which it is What surprised me is how compelling is Wallace s storytelling his book is a page turner I say surprised because, like most people, I know the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and because I am generally familiar with the major characters who participated in this part of history So Countdown 1 I expected Chris Wallace s Countdown 1945 to be informative it is I assumed it would be comprehensively researched it is and I hoped it would be full of behind the scenes details, which it is What surprised me is how compelling is Wallace s storytelling his book is a page turner I say surprised because, like most people, I know the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and because I am generally familiar with the major characters who participated in this part of history So Countdown 1945 is informative, comprehensively researched, and surprisingly compelling It s a good read More specifically, Wallace has made two good decisions First, he starts not with atomic energy science or with the details of WWII Instead, he begins with Harry Truman and the awesome, sudden responsibility Truman must assume at FDR s death Of course, that responsibility includes deciding whether to use the atomic bomb and its multiple questions moral, military, and geopolitical Even the uncertain future of our existence on planet Earth comes into the analysis By starting with the gravity of Truman s situation, Wallace took me immediately into the story.And then there is the countdown framework, which can be a clich , but here it works extraordinarily well The countdown maintains a clear chronology while allowing Wallace to describe multiple characters in multiple situations in numerous places around the world Using a countdown frame, Wallace creates a sense of drama even when the basics are well known because the structure holds the subject together so well.Are there negatives Nothing significant The prose is direct and workmanlike, but there are no soaring passages, no paragraphs to savor The drama comes, as I say, from the countdown structure and the focus on Truman and many other key figures , not from Wallace s way with words But who needs an impressive way with words when the subject is one of the most important events of the 20th century and the author has handled that subject remarkably well Not me I ll take Countdown 1945 just as is


  6. William K William K says:

    I found the book to be very interesting The key part was the background of the events going on and people along with the follow up on their lives I really liked the parts with Ruth and Hideko It was nice to get a perspective of someone who worked on the Manhattan Project without knowing it and survivor from Hiroshima I a great personal interest because my mother, Aiko, was born in Sendai, Japan in 1934 and lived through some of this during WWII I also was born in Sendai in 1956 when my fath I found the book to be very interesting The key part was the background of the events going on and people along with the follow up on their lives I really liked the parts with Ruth and Hideko It was nice to get a perspective of someone who worked on the Manhattan Project without knowing it and survivor from Hiroshima I a great personal interest because my mother, Aiko, was born in Sendai, Japan in 1934 and lived through some of this during WWII I also was born in Sendai in 1956 when my father met and married my mother After I served over 33 years in the U.S Navy before retiring in 2007, I studied history and have been intrigued by WWII


  7. BOOKLOVER10 BOOKLOVER10 says:

    In Countdown 1945, Chris Wallace and Mitch Weiss, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, provide a chronological account of the events leading up to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 For history buffs, there is little new here However, the authors broaden the book s scope with intriguing anecdotes about the men and women who contributed to the Manhattan Project, a massive undertaking that was costly, chancy, and cloaked in total secrecy We In Countdown 1945, Chris Wallace and Mitch Weiss, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, provide a chronological account of the events leading up to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 For history buffs, there is little new here However, the authors broaden the book s scope with intriguing anecdotes about the men and women who contributed to the Manhattan Project, a massive undertaking that was costly, chancy, and cloaked in total secrecy We learn about the opinions and actions of President Harry Truman J Robert Oppenheimer and other top scientists General Leslie Groves the flight crews that worked with Colonel Paul Tibbets, who flew the plane from which the first nuclear bomb was dropped Ruth Sisson, an employee who operated a machine she didn t understand at Oak Ridge, and worried about her fianc e, a soldier stationed overseas and a ten year old Japanese child, Hideko Tamura, who miraculously survived the blast at Hiroshima.The prose style is clear and fast paced Wallace and Weiss describe Truman s sudden ascendancy from FDR s overshadowed vice president to a commander in chief in wartime Eleanor Roosevelt wasn t kidding when, after her husband s death, she told Truman, You are the one in trouble now FDR was a tough act to follow, and Truman set out to prove that he could be a measured, resolute, and effective leader He knew nothing about the Manhattan Project until his secretary of war, Henry Stimson, revealed that the Americans were surreptitiously creating a new explosive of almost unbelievable destructive power Truman was stunned He is quoted as saying, It was a day when the world fell in on me The countdown begins on April 15, 1945, and it ends with Japan s surrender, an epilogue, and a postscript In a straightforward reportorial style, Wallace and Weiss move back and forth frequently between characters, which can be distracting However, they keep things lively with colorful tidbits about the individuals personal lives and perspectives, an overview of the nuclear age and the Cold War, and snapshots of what happened to key figures in later life Countdown is a clearly written and well researched refresher course about a pivotal time in world history It raises familiar questions about the moral conundrum that Truman faced Should American forces invade Japan, which would mean the loss of many lives on both sides, or should Truman attempt to end the conflict quickly by ordering the annihilation of thousands of men, women, and children most of them civilians and exposing the survivors to potentially deadly doses radiation It was a wrenching decision that is still debated today


  8. Stephanie Burkhart Stephanie Burkhart says:

    Chris Wallace and Mitch Weiss take a deep dive into the start of the Truman presidency, the Manhattan Project and what it took to end World War II Written as a countdown, Wallace and Weiss explore the American men behind World War II including Truman, Oppenheimer, Tibbets, and Stimson Truman is stunned to learn about the Manhattan Project when he assumes the presidency, but quickly realizes he has a big decision to make All involved wrestle with their morals and ethics Wallace and Weiss pres Chris Wallace and Mitch Weiss take a deep dive into the start of the Truman presidency, the Manhattan Project and what it took to end World War II Written as a countdown, Wallace and Weiss explore the American men behind World War II including Truman, Oppenheimer, Tibbets, and Stimson Truman is stunned to learn about the Manhattan Project when he assumes the presidency, but quickly realizes he has a big decision to make All involved wrestle with their morals and ethics Wallace and Weiss present an unbiased look at history The book is easy to read, understand, and is suspenseful as they countdown the days to 6 AUG 1945 The personal stories of Ruth, Hideko, and Tibbets will tug on the reader s heartstrings Truman seeks out as many opinions and thoughts as he can from the people around him regarding using the atomic bomb, so as to hear all sides before he comes to his own decision We all know what happens, but we don t know how the people involved got there An insightful book about a momentous decision I didn t want to put it down


  9. Becky Becky says:

    Chris Wallace s writing style leaves a lot to be desired, but he did manage to tell the story of the days leading up to the historic dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima War is such a horrible, horrible option Nothing but death, loss, misery, and nightmares that do not end Reading this showed the process of deciding to drop the bomb I have visited the memorial at Pearl Harbor, and I have seen the footage of that terrible day I cried when I saw the long list of names of the brave p Chris Wallace s writing style leaves a lot to be desired, but he did manage to tell the story of the days leading up to the historic dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima War is such a horrible, horrible option Nothing but death, loss, misery, and nightmares that do not end Reading this showed the process of deciding to drop the bomb I have visited the memorial at Pearl Harbor, and I have seen the footage of that terrible day I cried when I saw the long list of names of the brave people who perished that day Dropping an atomic bomb on a city that immediately killed 100,00 people and left the city in ruins was our answer This book left me feeling very sad


  10. Lane Lane says:

    An excellent book about an event that everyone knows about Wallace makes it an enjoyable read with small details and background that expands the event.


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