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Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    Shockwave: Michelle's Review

    Shockwave is a book I think every American needs to read at least once in their lifetime. Not only does this book fascinate the senses, it also gives you the cold, hard facts. The author of Shockwave, Stephen Walker, does not shy away from the implausible truth about the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. This book does not skip a beat. It covers each and every imperative detail. From the events leading up to the bombing and the preparation, to the dropping of the atomic bomb and the effects of its magnitude, Stephen Walker combined all of the facts to write an extraordinary book that is unquestionably a book that every person should read. After seeing many documentaries in class, I thought I understood the aptitude of the atomic bomb. I was wrong. I never realized just how powerful the bomb was until I started reading this informative book. I can¿t put into words how meaningful this book was and how much of an impact it had on me. I couldn¿t help but put myself in place of the many people that were involved. I found myself asking the same questions over and over. How did the scientists feel when deep inside, they knew that this ¿thing¿ they were making would destroy hundreds of thousands of human lives? What did the workforce think when they had no idea, not even a clue about what this beast they were creating could do or what effect it would make, or if it could even make an effect, and why some couldn¿t even have contact with their families. How in the world was Don Hornig able to sit on the top of a 103-foot tower accompanying the atomic bomb on the test site in a thunderstorm when he knew that if a bolt of lightening struck the tower, he would be dead? What made President Truman think that something so prevailing, something powerful enough to end the war, would even compare to a quarter of a million lives, gone? These questions and more were answered in this exceptionally well-written book. This book answers all of the questions you have over the atomic bomb, Hiroshima, and much, much more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2005

    Excellent book

    The feeling one gets on finishing this book is that man learns nothing whatever from history. The author takes no stand on who is wrong or right, but we know how it is going to end and there is an awful inevitability, yet a fascination on the how and why, the thoughts of those who created the atomic bomb and the final wreckage and reckoning is more than humans ought to bear.

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    Posted February 9, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Breathtaking

    Stephen Walker's style of literally counting down to Hiroshima gives the reader a sense of urgency, watching from the sidelines of the present day, as people in Hiroshima live their lives blissfully unaware of Trinity, complications, politics, changes of hearts, and dedication to the last. Walker also does a very good job at keeping the book unbiased, and lets the facts and photos remain untainted by his personal opinion on the matter, leaving the reader to judge what they think of this historic event. The book also has high rereading value; I have just read it for the third time since I discovered it, and plan to read it many more times in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Suspenseful

    This was one of the most suspenseful books of history I have ever read even though I knew the final outcome. The arming of the bomb in flight is one of the most harrowing things you can ever imagine! Make no mistake about it these guys were heros.

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  • Posted August 29, 2010

    WOW

    Everyone one should read this book. We won the War!! but at what cost to innocent people. Those who think we should bomb the Middle East have no concept of the consequences. How fortunate we are never to have had an international war on our shores. Brilliantly written and very sad at the same time.

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