Inferno: The Fall of Japan 1945

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Inferno is the compelling story of the U.S. atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the ensuing death and destruction that led to the end of World War II.

The events that culminated in the fall of Japan - which forever changed the course of diplomacy, geopolitics, and warfare in the twentieth century - are vividly recreated through dramatic first-hand accounts of the major participants on both sides of the Pacific.

They include: Harry Truman, the inexperienced American president who made the decision that would lead to unprecedented death and destruction; the war-mongering, but mysterious, Japanese Emperor Hirohito, who ultimately presided over his country's surrender; General Leslie Groves, the no-nonsense director of the Manhattan Project; and Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the plane, the Enola Gay, which dropped the very first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945.
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Ronald Henkoff is an award-winning journalist who served as executive editor of Bloomberg Markets magazine for sixteen years. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he worked as a reporter and editor at Fortune and Newsweek - in Chicago, Houston, London, and New York. His reporting has taken him throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. A recipient of the Overseas Press Club Award and the Minard Editor Prize. Henkoff holds a B.A. in history from Carleton College, an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, and an M.A. in international history from the London School of Economics.
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Jun 15, 2016
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History / Asia / General
History / Asia / Japan
History / Military / United States
History / Military / World War II
History / Modern / 20th Century
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Commander F. J. Bell
Includes the Second World War In The Pacific Illustration Pack – 152 maps, plans and photos.

Commander Frederick Bell recounts his wartime experiences on the USS G (Grayson) during the Pacific War.

“CONDITION RED” was an expression that we used to indicate the imminence of any type of engagement. Aboard the G it was a colloquialism that served to express the conviction that the next few hours or days or weeks were going to be packed with action. We first heard it soon after we arrived in the Solomons, where the term was used on Guadalcanal and Tulagi to indicate the approach of the enemy, and when our voice radio blared out the words we went to General Quarters and prepared to greet the Tokyo Express or the Zeros and Mitsubishis when they came within view.

Little has been written of the part that our destroyers are playing in the Pacific War, where they are called upon to fulfil such a variety of missions that they have become multipurpose ships, engaging in any form of combat. Because we lacked suitable escort ships we used destroyers to protect convoys as well as to guard our combatant Task Forces. We used them to bombard enemy shore positions and to carry bombs and aviation gasoline and stores to Guadalcanal during the lean weeks early in our campaign in those far-distant seas.

By nature as well as by name, the purpose of the destroyer is wholly offensive. Bantamweights in comparison with the great battlewagons, they pack a punch out of all proportion to their size. They are triple-threat weapons, built to strike at any enemy on or over or under the sea. In the words of Rear Admiral Tisdale, “They are the fightingest thing afloat.”
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