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.
About the Author
Bill O'Reilly's success in broadcasting and publishing is unmatched. The iconic anchor of The O'Reilly Factor led the program to the status of the highest rated cable news broadcast in the nation for sixteen consecutive years. His website BillOReilly.com is followed by millions all over the world.
In addition, he has authored an astonishing 12 number one ranked non-fiction books including the historical "Killing" series. Mr. O'Reilly currently has 17 million books in print.
Bill O'Reilly has been a broadcaster for 42 years. He has been awarded three Emmy's and a number of other journalism accolades. He was a national correspondent for CBS News and ABC News as well as a reporter-anchor for WCBS-TV in New York City among other high profile jobs.
Mr. O'Reilly received two other Emmy nominations for the movies "Killing Kennedy" and "Killing Jesus."
He holds a history degree from Marist College, a masters degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, and another masters degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Bill O'Reilly lives on Long Island where he was raised. His philanthropic enterprises have raised tens of millions for people in need and wounded American veterans.
Table of Contents
A Note to Readers ix
Key Players xii
Part 1 A Bomb to End to the War xviii
Part 2 "Destination: Hiroshima" 74
Part 3 Unconditional Surrender 154
The Occupation of Japan: Turning an Enemy into an Ally 241
The Decision to Develop and Use the Bomb
Letter from Albert Einstein to FDR 243
General Eisenhower's Thoughts 246
President Truman's Reflections 247
Letters and Opinions from Subsequent Presidents 249
Little Boy and Fat Man 254
Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Immediate and Lasting Effects 256
Pearl Harbor 260
Shame on American Soil: Relocation Centers 263
FDR's "Day of Infamy" Speech 265
Emperor Hirohito's Surrender Speech 268
Japanese War Crimes Trials 271
The Nuclear World 273
After the War 274
Time Line 281
The Author Recommends 285
Author's Source Notes 287