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The Day the World Went Nuclear: Dropping the Atom Bomb and the End of World War II in the Pacific

by Bill O'Reilly

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Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe, but in the Pacific, American soldiers face an enemy who will not surrender, despite a massive and mounting death toll. Meanwhile, in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. Newly inaugurated president Harry Truman faces the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon.
Adapted from Bill O'Reilly's historical thriller Killing the Rising Sun, with characteristically gripping storytelling, this story explores the decision to use the atom bomb and the end of World War II in the Pacific.

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A decent read, not too detailed it is basically a good overall read of how it happened ( )
  DanJlaf | May 13, 2021 |
Filled with details of building the atomic bombs that would produce terrible annihilation of people and buildings in Japan.

The book lists some of the battles of WWII, but mainly explores decisions that led to the use of the bomb that would forever change the world.

On August 6th, 8:16 Colonel Paul Tibbets has traveled six hours to reach Hiroshima, Japan and is about to unleash terror unlike any experienced before.

All crew members must wear specially designed glasses that would render anyone not wearing them blind.

Heavy, loaded with fuel and a very heavy payload, as Tibbets turns sharply to the right, the Enola Gay (named after his mother) , lurches and now is rid of the heavy bomb. The bomb wobbles that then straightens, missing the intended target of a t-shaped bridge, it is only three hundred yards from the target.

Successful, Tibbet and his crew deem the mission successful. Later they will learn of the bodies immediately seared with their internal organs boiling. Approximately 70,000 are dead within seconds. Those who did not die are doomed to incredible pain from the radiation burns and skin that peals off various body parts.

Still the Emperor of Japan does not give any sign of surrender. He walls in his gardens while his people die.

Now, the second bomb, named Bockscar , is ready to leave from the North field of Tnian, Mariana islands. The date is August 9. Unlike the smooth run of the Enola Gay, this run to target Kokura, does not begin well and various issues occur throughout the journey to the intended target, making the necessity to change to drop the bomb in Nagasaki.

Bad weather has plagued the bomb. And, on their return flight, the Almost out of fuel, the trip home is tenuous. Landing so hard that upon arrival the bomber bounced 25 feet into the air. Lacking fuel, the engines one by one shut down. Remarkably, they are successful at landing at Okinawa, which was not the intended landing site.

Now, the world has changed forever. We deem these missions as justifiable by usingU Japan's surprise attack of US Pearl Harbor, and calculating the number of lives saved if the bombs were not used, Still, years later, we debate if it was necessary to use these bomb. While now, other countries have this potential as well. ( )
  Whisper1 | Jan 9, 2021 |
I read this book a few months ago and enjoyed reading it. O'Reily's opinion of being against the US using nukes really resonated with me not only because I agree with him, but because he provided a compelling argument. As always with O'Reily, this book was a great blend between portrayed history and adding personal opinions. ( )
  Lucaj163 | Nov 7, 2019 |
THE DAY THE WORLD WENT NUCLEAR:DROPPING THE ATOM BOMB AND THE END OF WWII IN THE PACIFIC BY BILL O'REILLY takes a slice of history and gives us a minute account of the dropping of the bomb on Japan during WWII. I remember as a kid watching a show called You Are There, where they take an event in history and profile it. Bill O'Reilly has taken a slice of WWII and takes the reader back to the bloody Pacific war. O'Reilly shows the movements and the moments on both sides. We see MacArthur coming ashore in the Philippines & the Emperor of Japan, a living god to his people. We see the Japanese going about their daily lives not knowing the hell that awaits them. We see the Enola Gay, the plane that carries the bomb & the rest of history.

The dropping of the bomb on Japan during WWII has been a topic that is still debated in schools all over the country. Was Truman right to drop the bomb thus forcing the Japanese into surrender or should we have invaded Japan and lost thousands if not hundreds of thousands of American and allied troops That very question is asked of living Presidents as well at the end.

I have always enjoyed Mr. O'Reilly's history books. Being a history junkie or someone who wants to know a little bit more about WWII ,and the bomb ,you will as well. ( )
  DDJTJ1 | Jul 18, 2017 |
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History. Juvenile Nonfiction. HTML:

Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe, but in the Pacific, American soldiers face an enemy who will not surrender, despite a massive and mounting death toll. Meanwhile, in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. Newly inaugurated president Harry Truman faces the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon.
Adapted from Bill O'Reilly's historical thriller Killing the Rising Sun, with characteristically gripping storytelling, this story explores the decision to use the atom bomb and the end of World War II in the Pacific.

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