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With the war in Europe winding down in the spring of 1945, the United States turns its vast military resources toward a furious assault on the last great stepping-stone to Japan—the heavily fortified island of Okinawa. The three-month battle in the Pacific theater will feature some of the most vicious combat of the entire Second World War, as American troops confront an enemy that would rather be slaughtered than experience the shame of surrender. Meanwhile, stateside, a different kind of campaign is being waged in secret: the development of a weapon so powerful, not even the scientists who build it know just what they are about to unleash. Colonel Paul Tibbets, one of the finest bomber pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps, is selected to lead the mission to drop the horrific new weapon on a Japanese city. As President Harry S Truman mulls his options and Japanese physician Okiro Hamishita cares for patients at a clinic near Hiroshima, citizens on the home front await the day of reckoning that everyone knows is coming.


The Final Storm
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World war 11
August 10th, 2014
Have plenty of time before you start reading this wonderful book as you won't want to put it down
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August 5th, 2014
A very great storie telling of history kid's now days get very little of I really liked the end review of the carateriers showing that each of them con't to great things. We always seem to be byepassed by the advance of time and younger people are reguired to do more up dated things, no wonder rocking chairs were designed.
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The Final Storm.
April 14th, 2014
This book did not give me as good"a feel" for the men on the ground in the Pacific as did books like "A Helmet for My Pillow" and other biographical books of that ilk did. Shaara tried to cover the Navy, Marines, Air Force, the common enlisted man, the upper echelons, the Japanese position and philosophy, US politics, and then wrapped it up with a follow through of all the major players. The island campaigns, the bomb, the politics, and the enemy constitute too much of a story for one book. In my opinion, this book 'bit off more than it could possibly have chewed.
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