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It was quite probably the most important event of World War II. It's consequences were greater than those of any other event of the war. Yet the story of the bombing of Hiroshima, the momentous flight into the future of the B-29 Enola Gay, has never before been revealed from firsthand sources. Here then is a reading experience you will not ever forget, from a book that hasIt was quite probably the most important event of World War II. It's consequences were greater than those of any other event of the war. Yet the story of the bombing of Hiroshima, the momentous flight into the future of the B-29 Enola Gay, has never before been revealed from firsthand sources. Here then is a reading experience you will not ever forget, from a book that has already recieved worldwide recognition....

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  • Eric_W
    2019-04-27 15:43

    Lots of ironies and happenstance surrounded the delivery of the first atomic bomb. FDR backed the beginning of the Manhattan Project without the knowledge of Congress using money off the books. Max Tibbetts, a pilot with an impeccable record who had been the first to fly a B-17 on a bombing raid across the English Channel and was in charge of flight testing the B-29, a plane that had killed its first test pilot and was thought by some to be too dangerous to fly, almost didn’t get the job to drop the bomb. In an interview he admitted he had gotten into trouble in high school for a backseat “dalliance” with a girl. Had he forgotten about it or lied about it he would not have been chosen. They were looking for someone who could be totally honest. Because of that his name would be forever enshrined with the bomb and Hiroshima, a city he had never heard of.Use of the bomb was never a certainty. Neils Bohr, one of the scientists working on the project, thought science belonged to the world and wanted to open up the research to everyone. A laudable thought but in 1944? To the Germans and Japanese?Thomas focuses mainly on two participants to get differing POV: Colonel Tibbetts as he prepared the 393 Bombing Group for the mission over Japan; and Officer Yokoyama in charge of the anti-aircraft guns on the hills surrounding Hiroshima. I had always been under the assumption that Hiroshima was primarily a civilian target targeted simply because after General LeMay’s firebombing of Japan there were few cities left to bomb. But, apparently Hiroshima was home to several military industrial sites producing many weapons, although by this stage of the war raw materials were in such short supply they were barely operating. Hiroshima, was highly vulnerable to air attack. All a bomber need do was drop its load within the bowl to be almost certain of causing damage. Apart from a single kidney-shaped hill in the eastern sector of the city, about half a mile long and two hundred feet high, Hiroshima was uniformly exposed to the spreading energy that big bombs generate. Structurally—like San Francisco in the earthquake and fire of 1906—Hiroshima was built to burn. Ninety percent of its houses were made of wood. Large groups of dwellings were clustered together. The Japanese had rationalized the fall of the Marianas and other Pacific Japanese bases by saying it was a strategic withdrawal to lure the Americans closer to the Homeland where they could be more easily destroyed. In the U.S. secrecy surrounded all preparations for the atomic bomb development and attack. "Many thousands of man-hours and dollars had been spent on tapping telephones, secretly opening letters, collecting details of extramarital affairs, homosexual tendencies, and political affiliations. The dossiers represented the most thorough secret investigation until then carried out in the name of the U.S. government.I still remain a bit astonished at the naive faith everyone had in the bomb. They really had no idea whether it would work and if it did, what the results might be. How far from the center would radioactivity extend, what would be the effects of the blinding flash, were just a couple of the many questions they had. The extraordinary secrecy probably had as much to do with their fear the bomb might not work as it did that it would work.The United States, to this date, remains the only country ever to have used nuclear weapons in war.

  • Karen
    2019-05-10 08:56

    The facts speak for themselves: I couldn't put this book down (when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it) and when I got to the part where the bomb was dropped, my heart literally started beating faster and my mouth was dry. Not all the parts of the book were quite that intense of course (I felt like it picked up speed as it went) but overall it's a riveting history read and despite being about the atomic bomb, Hiroshima, and WWII, it isn't overwhelmingly disturbing. There are so many elements about the dropping of the atomic bomb that I had never given a single thought to before reading this, and I also really appreciated the greater WWII context that the book talks about. Finally, I thought it did a pretty fair job of portraying a wide array of perspectives, including the Japanese one.

  • Chana
    2019-04-24 07:45

    A well balanced and interesting book about the creation of the atomic bomb and the use of it on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There is a lot of information about the secrecy surrounding the creation of the bombs and the training of the pilots, the thoughts and actions of the people involved, and a look at what was going on in Japan as well. It is history but well written and full of enough human interest and anecdotes that it reads more like a novel.The problem for me was that I wasn't going to get to the end of the book without reading about dropping the bomb. I kept going slower and slower as the time approached. I finally forced myself to finish it, but it was so painful.The United States killed 100,000 people in one night of firebombing Tokyo. We killed approx 80,000 in the first eye blink of the atomic bomb explosion in Hiroshima and many died after that. In fact the bomb exploded directly over Shima Hospital instantly vaporizing the people in it. I think something like 40,000 + died in Nagasaki. And there was not much of an expression of doubt or regret at the time, just a lot of hurrah and positive media blitz. It did end the war, so that is understandable to some extent.The book presents the other side as well of course, you know like how many people would have died on both sides had we not used the bomb and the war continued, that sort of thing. I'm not making a case for either scenario, but the bombings were very difficult for me to read.

  • Michael Gerald
    2019-05-05 07:53

    With all the atrocities that Japan committed during the Second World War, it is galling for some Japanese lunatics to make Hiroshima as a shrine for peace. Kapal ng mga mukha!For the record, Japan was THE aggressor of that terrible war. And their atrocities are also for the record: Korea, Manchuria, Nanjing, the Bataan Death March, the Rape of Manila, the mistreatment of Allied POWs.And Japan had no intention to surrender until the Soviet Union declared war on them and the US delivered the coup de grace of the atomic bombs. And the excuse that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were civilian areas? WTF. Those cities contained military installations. And there were almost no civilians in Japan at that time, as almost all were active in the war effort.So was the use of the Bombs to effect the surrender of Japan necessary and justified?Hell, yeah! The Bombs ended the war and spared lives-both American and Japanese-that would have been lost in a longer, more brutal conflict that was Japan's making.

  • Joel Ungar
    2019-05-09 12:46

    I read the authors Voyage of the Damned a long time ago and really enjoyed it. So when I found this book I had expectations. And they were easily met.The authors take you along with Col. Tibbets and the rest of his squadron - through training, hellraising and more. The book reads like a novel even if it is based on well documented facts. They also cover both sides of the story including the experiences of Hiroshima survivors.All in all a good and enjoyable read.

  • Robert Snow
    2019-04-30 14:59

    Thomas and Witts have written a page turner and you will be reading this book into the wee hours of the morning. You know how it ends, but the details of the lead up to the mission make this a great book. The one detail I remember vividly is the arming of the Bomb on the way to Hiroshima. You won't be disappointed reading this book!

  • Yong Lee
    2019-05-17 13:46

    A fascinating blow by blow account of the atomic bombing mission. A page turner and hard to put down. It's been a long time since I sucked down a book in one day.

  • David McClendon, Sr
    2019-05-10 12:54

    If you are seeking an encompassing story of how the United States worked to drop the atomic bomb to end World War II, this is it.Enola Gay: Mission to Hiroshima by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts takes readers on an adventure from just before Pearl Harbor up to what happened to the crew and others after the war was over.This book is well-written with a compilation of stories on both sides, including the story of the Japanese submarine captain who sank the boat that carried the bomb to its launching point. This book reads very well. It has a good flow and is very interesting, giving the backstory. When there is a difference of opinions, the authors tell both opinions of what happened.We give Enola Gay: Mission to Hiroshima three stars. We enjoyed the book but, like many books about the military, there is very liberal use of The Lord’s Name in vain. Our readers are mostly Christian and want to know this. Exodus 20:7, one of the Ten Commandments, tells us this is wrong. Whenever we point this out in reviews, we get hammered by negative votes and comments. We will tell you anyway. We purchased our copy of this book using a gift card. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

  • Alma H. Chandler
    2019-04-25 15:36

    Enola GayExcellent! I learned a lot about the war and the people on both sides. Well written and very educational. I am glad I read it. I recommend it to anyone interested in U.S. history.

  • Casey Schesky
    2019-05-05 08:41

    Excellent Excellent account of the preparations and dropping of the first atomic bomb. Well written and reads like a novel. Highly recommended.

  • Héctor
    2019-04-23 14:47

    ALAMOGORDO, 16 de julio de 1945Aquella fría mañana de lunes, muchos de los 425 técnicos y científicos reunidos en la zona de pruebas extendían cuidadosamente sobre sus manos y rostros lociones de protección solar, empleando como iluminación los zigzagueantes rayos que intermitentemente quebraban la oscuridad anterior al amanecer. Aunque algunos de ellos se encontraban a 32 km de distancia de su fuente, temían que el destello, cuando llegara, pudiera provocarles quemaduras similares a las de los rayos solares. Pero éste podría ser el mal menor de sus efectos secundarios. Todos sabían que la radiactividad que acompañaría al destello podía matar. Si les alcanzaba, no habría loción ni poción alguna que impidiese la contaminación. Y como nadie sabía con seguridad cuáles serían los límites exteriores de una incontrolada reacción nuclear en cadena, era concebible que la destrucción pudiera extenderse más allá de la zona de tierra semidesértica que Groves y los científicos llamaban Lugar S y los nativos Jornada del Muerto. Incluso aquellos científicos que creían que la primera explosión atómica del mundo no se extendería muy lejos, compartían la sensación de estar dando un gran salto a lo desconocido. A unos 15 km de distancia del Campo Base donde Groves y Oppenheimer pasaban la mayor parte de aquellas tempranas horas, la bomba atómica, con su núcleo de plutonio, se alzaba sobre un andamio de estructura de acero de 30 metros de altura. Este punto en el desierto fue designado con el nombre en clave Zona Cero. En aquellos instantes, con la prueba programada para las dos de la madrugada, todo el mundo esperaba que no hubiera más adversidades. Pero el tiempo empezó a empeorar (...) Era una preocupación más para Groves, ya bastante incómodo por la ausencia de Tibbets en Alamogordo. Y porque, a causa del tiempo, el B-29 que Tibbets había ordenado que estuviese en el aire en el momento de la explosión, se hallaba aún en tierra. Ahora no había manera de saber qué efectos produciría la bomba sobre el avión que la dejara caer sobre Japón. Aparte de la ausencia de Tibbets, Groves estaba muy "molesto" por la forma en que algunos científicos presionaban a Oppenheimer para que demorase la prueba (...) La prueba se retrasó (...) Finalmente se programó la explosión para, aproximadamente, las 5.30 (...) Oppenheimer y todos sus ayudantes esperaban ansiosamente en un bunker de cemento. Groves se encontraba en una estrecha trinchera, a poca distancia del director científico...Una llamarada verdosa surgió de la tierra y ardió contra la nube de vapor de la base, iluminando tétricamente la oscuridad durante un breve instante (...) Una segunda llamarada estalló en cascada (...) A las 5.29.45, todo sucedió repentinamente. Pero fue demasiado rápido para que los observadores pudiesen distinguirlo; ningún ojo humano puede captar millonésimas de segundo; ningún cerebro humano puede registrar semejante fracción de tiempo. Nadie, por tanto, vio la auténtica llamarada de fuego cósmico. Lo que vieron fue su cegadora reflexión sobre las cercanas colinas (...) Muchos de los observadores se quedaron petrificados, enraizados a la tierra por una mezcla de terror y miedo reverencial ante la inmensidad del espectáculo. Oppenheimer recordó una línea del Bhagavad Gita, el sagrado poema épico de los hindúes. "Me he convertido en la muerte, la destructora de mundos." GORDON THOMAS, Enola Gay. Ediciones B, 2005.

  • Della Scott
    2019-05-05 15:56

    I registered a book at!'m so glad that I hung onto this book all these years and finally read it, definitely will be one of my favorite reads of 2012. It was written when Paul Tibbets and many of the other men were still alive and the authors got extensive interviews. They also alternate with what's going on on the American side with major players on the Japanese side. Yes, the Japanese were planning to defend Japan during the upcoming American ground invasion down to the last man, woman and CHILD. There can be no doubt that the atomic bombs saved many lives on both sides. Unfortunately, there were some American POWs in Hiroshima castle that died, though not all from the blast. Some were stoned to death by angry Japanese. Tibbets secretly carried a tin of cyanide capsules on board the Enola Gay to offer the men if something went wrong with the mission and they wanted to avoid being tortured to death by the Japanese. Of course it all went as planned and they went home(not their real homes, but their base) to a party, tough some were too tired and pensive to party much. What's truly amazing is the degree of secrecy and layers of code words and euphemistic language. Nobody knew exactly what this group of guys, handpicked by Tibbets, was doing, either while they were preparing in the Southwestern American desert or later when they moved to the Pacific theatre. Most concluded that it was a "special bomb" that would "end the war." but wild rumors circulated, including one that the cargo(which was bomb components) shipped in on the Indianapolis(which was later sank by the Japanese) might be gold used to bribe the Japanese into surrendering! A cover story was quickly concocted after the trial run (easy to see now why this part of the American southwest has ever since been the site of legends and rumors about UFOs and such). One has to remember that in those days, the average person knew little about atoms, radiation, nuclear energy, etc.--it was the stuff of science fiction. One man, Sgt. George Caron, on board the Enola Gay on the morning of Aug. 6 1945, made a stab at guessing the nature of the weapon--"Are we splitting atoms?" Tibbets evaded the question, but a few minutes later answered affirmatively. The men wore goggles to protect their eyes from the flash, but Caron described the view below as "a peep into Hell." Up to that day, a great deal of Tibbets time and energy had also been spent riding herd on the men, several of which had big egos and many of which were also big partiers. He chose them for their flying skills and other special talents, though some of their peccadillos with local women, gambling(much time was spent near Wendover,NV)and other riotous living tried his patience. This was especially true of Texan Claude Eatherly, who had several mental breakdowns after the war. As he time draws closer to Aug. 6, this book becomes more of a page-turner. Another thing that was very moving was the death of Franklin Roosevelt, which everybody was expecting, I guess, and this cable sent by Eleanor to the four Roosevelt sons, all serving in the war: DARLING:PA SLIPPED AWAY THIS AFTERNOON. HE DID HIS JOB TO THE END AS HE WOULD WANT YOU TO DO. BLESS YOU. ALL OUR LOVE. MOTHER. What class. What courage.

  • J.S.
    2019-05-12 07:45

    In 1944 Air Force pilot Colonel Paul Tibbetts was approached by General Leslie Groves about assembling a unit for a super secret mission with possibilities of ending the war. He was given no guarantees for his personal safety or that it would even happen, only that if it worked he would be a hero, and if not he was on his own. He assembled his unit, which eventually became known as the 509th Composite, with men he knew and trusted and set up training in Wendover, a forsaken desert spot on the Utah/Nevada border, a place he deemed perfect because his men would hate it. While he knew some particulars about the Manhattan Project and the atomic bomb, none of his men were given any information. This book follows the progress of the project mostly from the point of view of those involved with Col. Tibbetts as well as a number of Japanese individuals in Hiroshima through the dropping of the bomb from the B-29 Enola Gay, with some brief details of the men's lives after the war. Also included is some information on FDR and Truman and their early involvement. This book tries very hard to keep an objective view of the events which ended the war with Japan and avoids vilifying anyone. It presents the facts and recollections of those involved giving a good idea of what it was like at the time and some insights into the various personalities. It's an engrossing and easy read and the build up to the bomb is exciting and tense. Unfortunately, it falters at that point and the mission and aftermath are treated only in the lightest manner and details are few, making it feel somewhat anti-climatic. Nonetheless, an excellent book I highly recommend for those interested. There are a number of photos, but mostly just of the various individuals involved. The maps included, however, are very useful. About as good as the more recent and limited "Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima," which gives a good overall picture of most of those involved (particularly the scientists), but is more focused on the time from the first test to the use of the bomb and it's effects.

  • Joan
    2019-05-13 15:44

    This is a detailed description of the preparation for the use of atomic bombs in the Second World War - recounting the time from Sept 1944 until August 1945. The book was written in 1976 and includes interviews with people involved in the organization and mission. The stealth and coordination involved in the project was amazing. Adding an important dimension to the book is the parallel interweaving of what was happening to Japanese at the same time as well as the various avenues of negotiation to bring an end to the Japanese war, which were ongoing. Several maps are included which are also helpful in following the 'action'. Only a very small portion of the book describes the aftermath. Clearly, it would be very difficult to include both topics in a manageable book. There were several anecdotes which helped put into context. Matsuo Yasuzawa was a flight instructor and frustrated that he had never been able to fly a mission. After essentially all of the aircraft in Hiroshima had been destroyed, he was able to fly his trainer (which was badly damaged) and so flew a short flight to Kyushu to tell of what had happened and to begin flying aid and rescue transports. Although Americans did have control of Tinian (airfield from which the Anola Gay took off) there were Japanese soldiers who remained in caves on the island, sneaking into camp to cause mischief. Among the almost 2000 people (officers and enlisted personnel) was at least 1 woman. Dora Dougherty was a pilot from the B-29 testing program recruited by Paul Tibbets as he had his pick of people to include in the project.

  • Tom Schulte
    2019-05-17 12:04

    This is really one of the best WWII books I have ever read. In a very modern style, it tells the story from several points of view, cutting back and forth: Tibbet's crew and the 509th Composite Group, the submarine captain that will sink the Indianapolis after it delivers A-Bomb parts, Japanese soldiers and civilans in and around Hiroshima. This also goes into detail on things I only knew of briefly, such as the American POWs in Hiroshima and the (overblown) insanity developed later by an Enola Gay crewman. It really seems from this book Japan was definitely on the ropes at the time of the nuke attacks: A growing dove coalition, inability to mount an effective air defence, and the impending entry of Russia into the Pacific Theatre, along with growing awareness of the futility of the Japanese war effort. Also, in telling the engineering side of the story, nuclear bombs were definitely "in the air" and an unfortunate next step in military technology whether the United States developed them or not or needed them to either defeat Japan or send a message to Red Russia.

  • William Wright
    2019-04-22 11:40

    Thomas's book takes you from the first inkling of creating the atom bomb to the actual mission to bomb Hiroshima. He doesn't go into the science of the bomb and only peripherally mentions some of the workings of the Manhattan Project.The focus is on the training and crew of the 509th with emphasis on the challenges faced by Paul Tibbets, the commander and eventual pilot of the Enola Gay. He also writes of the Japanese personalities working at the same time.It was an enjoyable read with lots of historical facts presented in a very readable style. If you're a WWII buff or just interested in a significant historical event, you'll enjoy this book.

  • Robbie Hadley
    2019-04-27 09:52

    I had a slightly hard time getting, and staying, in the book. It bounces back and forth so much that I got a little confused, having to go back and reread parts. But despite that, I loved the book, it had me engaged till the very end, wanting to go to the next page to see what happens next. This book provides a lot of in depth info that history books didn't cover when I was in school. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's into WW2 era history, or just wanting a further understanding of the Atomic bombing.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-25 14:44

    I had low expectations for this book, it cost me $0.99, but it was surprisingly interesting and well paced. This is the step by step guide of the atomic weapon. From getting the flight crew together as well as adjusting planes to make immediate and fast turns and mastering bomb targets. This also includes snippets of how the bomb was developed and what was happening in Japan. My favorite part was at the very beginning where everyone lamented being in Wendover, Utah. So awful, they must be doing something big.

  • Linda Finger
    2019-05-18 09:55

    This book was enlightening and gave you the sense of hearing it directly from the individuals who lived it. It was hard for me to put into context that my husband was born on 8-11-45, only five days after the bomb was dropped. Would love to know what his mother was thinking and feeling at that time. We are a lucky nation to have such 'ordinary men do such extraordinary things. Controversial it' may be to some, to others men performing their duty to their country , and putting its that need before their own beliefs. They were heroes!

  • Thomas Fenske
    2019-04-29 16:06

    This book gave great insights into the entire mission and even touched on the lives of some of the Japanese residents of Hiroshima at the time of the bombing. What is especially well documented is the manner in which a new type of warfare was invented from the ground up. Nobody quite knew what they were doing almost until the very end, but the unit was put together with great care, their training was superb, and they got the job done. Great book!

  • richard g roach
    2019-05-01 07:52

    First person historyThis is a fascinating account if the men of the Manhattan project, and the men of the 509th bomb squadron. The pilots and crews. The story of LTC Paul Tibbets , his leadership, courage, strength of character and courage in the face of hardships and danger are inspirational.The inclusion of the Japanese people involved in the military, and on the ground adds a fascinating side to the book. The horror of atomic war hits home. This is a must read book.

  • Susan
    2019-04-28 11:03

    I was totally prepared to be bored by this book. I am happy to say that my experience was completely opposite. I was glued to this account that gives not only American story, but the Japanese story at the same time. People portrayed in movies became very human in the accounts given. I had several "aha" moments. I would highly recommend this book for high school students and anyone interested in this subject..

  • stormhawk
    2019-05-12 09:02

    This was the first book I read on the atomic bomb. It does give some background on the Manhattan Project, but the focus is on the crews who trained for and flew the first atomic mission. I have since read everything I can get my hands on about the early days of nuclear science, but this remains a sentimental favorite.

  • Neil Harmon
    2019-05-12 14:37

    Straightforward recounting of the events leading up to the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima. The book was written in an interesting style and cut from one person to another in a way that maintained interest and showed different viewpoints of the same time period. The alternating between Tinian and Hiroshima in the final days were especially effective. I'd recommend this book.

  • Patrick Walsh
    2019-05-02 14:54

    I'm not entirely certain why I added this book to my to-read list. I am impressed by the amount of detail that the author includes in his accounts of the development of the bomb, of the selection and training of the squadron that was ultimately tasked with dropping it on Japan, and of daily life in Hiroshima in the months leading up to 6 August 1945.

  • Dawn Michelle
    2019-05-04 11:03

    This is one of those books that I was WAY to young to read and should now re-read as an adult. But it was so mesmerizing and I was so torn for these guys that had to go and fly this mission. I am sure that at 12 I truly didn't understand the magnitude of it, but I know that it has always stayed with me and people are usually amazed that I have read the book.

  • Kerry
    2019-05-12 09:03

    This was a riveting story. Enola Gay tells the tale of the atomic bomb. Included are both sides of the story - the U.S.A. and Japan. Contains many details about the events and the people involved. Fantastic book.

  • Esteban
    2019-05-20 11:44

    Wonderful book about the implication of coordinating such an enormeous task as the first atomic mission. The authors don't make any ethical jugement but their aproach of Hiroshima's daily life helps you understand better the consecuences of Little Boy.

  • Sekhar N Banerjee
    2019-04-21 13:52

    Mesmerizing....I have not yet read a war story, so absorbing and so full of details. The descriptions of the preparations of the bombing crew leading up to the final event are simply spellbinding.

  • Daniel Duval
    2019-05-18 12:43

    Excellent book on the subject. Compelling exhaustive enjoyable read. The second book I read by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts, I plan to read many more. My wife made a special effort to get it from the library for me so how could I not read it and like it.