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Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima (P.S.)by Stephen Walker
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On a quiet Monday morning in August 1945, a five-ton bomb—dubbed Little Boy by its creators—was dropped from an American plane onto the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On that day, a firestorm of previously unimagined power was unleashed on a vibrant metropolis of 300,000 people, leaving one third of its population dead, its buildings and landmarks incinerated. It was the terrifying dawn of the Atomic Age, spawning decades of paranoia, mistrust, and a widespread and very real fear of the potential annihilation of the human race.
Author Stephen Walker brilliantly re-creates the three terrible weeks leading up to the wartime detonation of the atomic bomb—from the first successful test in the New Mexico desert to the cataclysm and its aftermath—presenting the story through the eyes of pilots, scientists, civilian victims, and world leaders who stood at the center of earth-shattering drama. It is a startling, moving, frightening, and remarkable portrait of an extraordinary event—a shockwave whose repercussions can be felt to this very day.
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Walker, a documentary filmmaker whose topics have included Hiroshima, describes the perceptions of those who made the atomic bombs, the training and preparation of those who flew them into position, and the horror of those whose lives were lost, whether or not they survived. He describes in detail how the bomb came to be in the first place, how the Enola Gay happened to be the chosen craft, and how the people fared whose sky had gone away. He also provides rare and often graphic period photographs. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Stephen Walker directed the award-winning feature film Prisoners in Time (starring John Hurt) and wrote and directed an Emmy Award-winning BBC documentary on the bombing of Hiroshima. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.
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