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Enola Gay Hardcover – June, 1977

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Stein & Day Pub; First Edition edition (June 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812821505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812821505
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is as real to life as possible in its discription of the events from Windover to Tinian and on to History. My grandfather served under Tibits and is pictured and mentioned several times in this book. As I turned the pages I was reading what I had heard first hand for several years from my grandfather spelled out across the pages. The attention to detail and recreation of the stories, events, and emotions capture the readers attention and draw you in. The various perspectives of the events also allows the reader to understand the magnitude of the bombings and the enourmous undertakingas that transpired prior to the event.
This is a must read for those who are interested in WWII History. I will pass this book along through the generations as the most accurate account of what transpired for my Grandfather and the men who served along side him.
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Format: Hardcover
From the very beginning this narrative grabs your attention. It wasn't until one hour away from Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, that Enola Gay's pilot, Paul W. Tibbets turned around and announced to his crew that they were about to drop the world's first atom bomb.
The crew was handpicked by Tibbets. Their training was so secret and compartmentalized that they didn't even discuss it among themselves. They all "knew", but they didn't "know" until they were told. Survivors of "Little Boy" were also interviewed for this story.
Another book recommend is Flight of the Enola Gay written by her pilot, Gen. Paul W. Tibbets. This is the story from his perspective. Excellent.
Michelle deBreuil Farrell - Military Aviation Photojournalist.
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This book starts with a letter, written by Albert Einstein in 1939 to Franklin Roosevelt, warning that the Nazis were working on a sophisticated new bomb utilizing new advances in nuclear research. On December 6, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt signed documents that would provide substantial funding for this research. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Afterwards the pressure to create a weapon capable of striking back became an imperative. The Manhattan Project was to make sure that happened.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Tibbets, on September 1, 1944, learned that scientists had successfully split an atom and were working on a bomb. This bomb would be equivalent to twenty thousand tons of high explosives currently being used. He learned this top secret information because the military needed someone to train, someone who would ultimately drop the bomb. They chose him.

Tibbets was tasked with finding locations for camps, personnel, living space, and anything necessary to train his handpicked unit. Security was of vital importance. Even after being warned about curiosity, some men went where they didn't belong and were booted from the project- most of them ended up in Alaska.

Alongside the action taking place in the United States, the authors introduce us to several Japanese and leaders in one position or another. Some of them deeply disliked what choices their country had made but had to hide their opinions.

Through the writing, the authors make the reader feel the increasing importance of the success in producing an immensely powerful weapon before the enemy. Russia, Germany and Japan were all working hard to come up with the bomb.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be extremely interesting and the story line to be both fascinating and engrossing. As a consequence, even though I knew what the outcome would be (the ultimate destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the end of World War II) I couldn't wait to see how things would turn out. That statement may seem a little strange for a book which in essence simply delineates the events leading to the delivery of the first atomic bomb, but this book deals with the subject in a most unusual way.

It includes much detailed information which will surely be of interest to future historians (e.g. how the Manhattan Project worked to develop the bomb while, at the same time, Paul Tibbets and his 509th Composite Group trained to deliver it), but it keeps the reader's attention riveted by the manner in which it is presented. It does this by following three parallel story lines as events unfold: 1) what the scientists working on the Manhattan Project are doing, how things are progressing, and what their problems and concerns are; 2) what Paul Tibbets and the 509th Composite Group and its personnel are doing, how their training is going, and what their problems and concerns are; and 3) what various Japanese citizens and military personnel living in Hiroshima are doing, how they feel about the war, and what they are thinking.

I'm sure this book will be a prime source for future historians and scholars, but it is also a highly readable and engrossing story which is well worth reading. I highly recommend it.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a very readable, well documented account of the events in WWII surrounding the development of the atomic bomb and the decision to use it. The authors did extensive research and interviews with the actual participants. They take the reader to Japan giving an insight into the military leaders, the Emperor and the Imperial Army. The action moves back and forth between the preparations in the US, the strategies of the Japanese and the lives of the young men charged with this dangerous mission. It gives an accurate account of the conditions in the world in 1945 which lead to the use of the first atomic bomb and the end of World War II. I think it is a most read for anyone who wants an accurate history of this world changing event. I could not put the book down and have re-read much of it.
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