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Enola Gay Hardcover – June, 1977
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From Library Journal
This is a reissue of Enola Gay (LJ 7/77) with 45,000 additional words and some changes in the original text. It gives an excruciatingly detailed account of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, concentrating on the Army Air Force but including much material on the decision-making process, the Japanese actions, and many diplomatic moves. Although the first edition was criticized by reviewers as having more detail than insight, the additional 60+ pages improve the virtually minute-by-minute coverage of the critical periods, particularly on Tinian and during the flight itself. This is certainly worth buying for libraries lacking the earlier edition and recommended even for those that own it.
- Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRA LINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incredible detail makes this a must read for WW I enthusiasts ...a true piece of war memorabilia that should be required reading.Published 7 days ago by R. H. Grubbs
To end a war, that millions were dying I'd drop that sucker twice...Published 7 days ago by William
I had always wanted to learn more about Hiroshima and the bomb. This book gave allot of interesting behind the scenes information about the people involved which for me out a more... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Unflinching firsthand accounts of atomic bomb aftermath in Japan. In depth historical review of Japan's immediate reaction as well as international response to a a "new age". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ron
Great book, really fleshed out a lot of things about this mission.Published 1 month ago by Terry R. Smith
It was a great book. Hard at times to read because of the constant bouncing around between different perspectives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robbie Hadley
I'm a big fan of the history of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Bomb - Great book !Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great story, well written, and a TV movie was made based on it back in 1980: Enola Gay: The Men, The Mission, The Atom Bomb, starring Patrick Duffy (Dallas) as Paul Tibbets. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carol Thomas