• Title: Enola Gay: The Bombing of Hiroshima
  • Author: Gordon Thomas Max Morgan-Witts
  • ISBN: 9781568525976
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Enola Gay The Bombing of Hiroshima 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 i
    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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    1. 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 dr [...]

    2. 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 el [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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.

    6. 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!

    7. 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.

    8. 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 lau [...]

    9. 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.

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

    11. 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 [...]

    12. I registered a book at BookCrossing!BookCrossing/journal/10533172I'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 i [...]

    13. 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 Ut [...]

    14. 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 t [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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 h [...]

    17. 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 th [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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 befor [...]

    20. 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!

    21. 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.

    22. 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

    23. 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.

    24. 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.

    25. 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.

    26. 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.

    27. 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.

    28. 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.

    29. 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.

    30. 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.

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