140 Days to Hiroshima: The Story of Japan’s Last Chance to Avert Armageddon (Hardback)
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140 Days to Hiroshima: The Story of Japan’s Last Chance to Avert Armageddon (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 03/08/2020
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During the closing months of the Second World War, as America’s strategic bombing campaign incinerated Japan’s cities, two military giants were locked in a death embrace of cultural differences and diplomatic intransigence. The leaders of the United States called for the ‘unconditional surrender’ of the Japanese Empire while developing history’s deadliest weapon and weighing an invasion that would have dwarfed D-Day. Their enemy responded with a last-ditch call for the suicidal resistance of every able-bodied man and woman in ‘The Decisive Battle’ for the homeland. But had Emperor Hirohito’s generals miscalculated how far the Americans had come in developing the atomic bomb? How close did President Harry Truman come to ordering the invasion of Japan? Acclaimed historian David Dean Barrett recounts the secret strategy sessions, fierce debates, looming assassinations and planned invasions that resulted in history’s first use of nuclear weapons in combat, and the ensuing chaos as the Japanese government struggled to respond to the reality of nuclear war.

Publisher: The History Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780750995962
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


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Barrett drops you right into the situation rooms with the most powerful figures in the world during the most critical days of the twentieth century – the climax of the Second World War. Innovatively structured,highly detailed and well-documented - A. J. Baime

140 Days to Hiroshima is a deeply researched and carefully nuanced narrative, especially powerful on US and Japanese decision-making throughout 1945, culminating in Japan’s surrender. David Dean Barrett shrewdly integrates essential military realities with the potent domestic cross currents affecting leaders on both sides of the Pacific - Richard B. Frank

Historian Barrett debuts with an impressively researched chronicle of the months leading up to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima … By capturing both sides of the conflict, Barrett generates drama despite the inevitability of the book’s conclusion. Military history buffs will be riveted

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