- Hardcover: 472 pages
- Publisher: Micronesian Productions (2018)
- ASIN: B07BMTVF1K
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tinian and the Bomb: Project Alberta and Operation Centerboard Hardcover – 2018
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Tinian and The Bomb by Don A. Farrell chronicles the important and often overlooked role Tinian in the Mariana Islands played in the atomic bombing of Japan at the end of World War II. As part of the Manhattan Project, Project Alberta and Operation Centerboard, Tinian was integral in the plan to drop atomic bombs on Japan. The book captures this history as gathered from documents and images held in the National Archives, Record Group 77. The book documents how the Army Corps of Engineers, guided by the Los Alamos Laboratory in cooperation with the US Army Air Forces and the US Navy and its Seabees, constructed facilitates on Tinian capable of assembling and delivering as many atomic bombs as necessary to bring WWII to a successful end without an invasion of the Japanese home islands. As predicted, two atomic bombs, one uranium and one plutonium, were launched from Tinian and dropped in rapid succession, resulting in the unconditional surrender of Japanese military forces. This prevented the political partition of Japan (as happened with Korea and Germany) and led to the US-Japan security alliance that remains the cornerstone of peace in the Pacific today. Tinian and the Bomb is fully illustrated and available in hardcover.
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The story itself is scholarly but readable; even nail-biting in places; and the cast of characters is almost Tolstoian. I am tempted to call this a seminal work compared to Richard Frank’s, Guadalcanal and Clay Blair’s, Silent Victory, just to name two.
The author builds his story from the beginning, before Hitler invaded Poland; before England and France declared war on Germany; and well before the United States entered the fray. It begins when European scientists get word to President Roosevelt about possible German plans to build an atomic bomb, and the belief that the U.S. should beat them to it.
Thanks to FDR, the Manhattan Project is launched. The Manhattan Project, along with Project Alberta and Operation Centerboard, proved to be a textbook example of how civilians and the military could work together to accomplish a near impossible task in a short period of time. It also shows how interservice rivalries could be set aside to accomplish the same.
In conclusion, Don Farrell has added greatly to the rest of the story that grew out of the Manhattan Project, a story that brought one of the bloodiest chapters in human history to a close.
Bruce M. Petty, author of Saipan: Oral Histories of the Pacific War.
Saipan: Oral Histories of the Pacific War