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On August 6, 1945, President Harry S. Truman made the official announcement of the Atom Bomb attack on Hiroshima. 'If they do not now accept our terms,' he warned, 'they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth.' It was the culmination of long months of scientific endeavour and military preparation . and it was the end of conventional warfare. In the future, the mushroom cloud of Hiroshima would loom menacingly over the world, a threat to humanity or the ultimate rejection of global conflict. Churchill said that it had brought peace. Goering was convinced that it would destroy mankind.

Nearly a year before the first Atom Bomb was dropped on Japan, Colonel Paul Tibbets was drawn into the immensely complex network which surrounded what came to be known as the Manhattan Project, a network which included politicians like Roosevelt and Stimson, scientists like Fermi and Bohr, and military personnel of the calibre of General Curtis LeMay. It was Tibbets who had been selected to command the 509th Composite Group which was soon to gather at Wendover, Utah. It was Tibbets who was destined to pilot the plane which would drop a bomb so powerful that it would explode with a force of 20,000 tons of normal high explosive.

Based on interview,diaries, government documents and a wealth of published and unpublished material, is not merely the first full story of how the atomic bomb was dropped, is also the first account of how it very nearly was not used. Here, too, is the complete and bizarre espionage story surrounding the Manhattan Project, played out against the Big Three conference at Potsdam, and involving secret encounters between Japanese and American agents in war-ravaged Europe The authors have deliberately avoided making judgements. Instead, thty have allowed the facts to speak for themselves, and the facts are extraordinary.
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