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Ruin from the Air: The Atomic Mission to Hiroshima Hardcover – 12 Sep 1977

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  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton; First Edition edition (12 Sept. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241897262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241897263
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,714,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Club Associates. with dw, 1977 BCA ed, 386pp

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S8142414 on 3 Sept. 2014
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Real to Life 17 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is as real to life as possible in its discription of the events from Windover to Tinian and on to History. My grandfather served under Tibits and is pictured and mentioned several times in this book. As I turned the pages I was reading what I had heard first hand for several years from my grandfather spelled out across the pages. The attention to detail and recreation of the stories, events, and emotions capture the readers attention and draw you in. The various perspectives of the events also allows the reader to understand the magnitude of the bombings and the enourmous undertakingas that transpired prior to the event.
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.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Excellent. Well researched information and fast paced. 16 May 1999
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Format: Hardcover
From the very beginning this narrative grabs your attention. It wasn't until one hour away from Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, that Enola Gay's pilot, Paul W. Tibbets turned around and announced to his crew that they were about to drop the world's first atom bomb.
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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Mission Accomplished 28 Sept. 2005
By Marvin D. Pipher - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be extremely interesting and the story line to be both fascinating and engrossing. As a consequence, even though I knew what the outcome would be (the ultimate destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the end of World War II) I couldn't wait to see how things would turn out. That statement may seem a little strange for a book which in essence simply delineates the events leading to the delivery of the first atomic bomb, but this book deals with the subject in a most unusual way.

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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Feels like you rode along when they dropped the bom 9 Aug. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
I read the authors Voyage of the Damned a long time ago and really enjoyed it. So when I found this book I had expectations. And they were easily met.
The authors take you along with Col. Tibbets and the rest of his squadron - through training, hellraising and more. The book reads like a novel even if it is based on well documented facts. They also cover both sides of the story including the experiences of Hiroshima survivors.
All in all a good and enjoyable read.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Quick read. Hard to put down. 18 July 2005
By John - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This well-written book covers different points of view. It tells the personal stories of selected Japanese such as the mayor of Hiroshima, who was finding it increasingly difficult to keep his forbidden anti-war sentiments quiet. It shares the daily lives of the men who became the 509th Composite Group, and how they were the target of harassment on Tinian Island by other American soldiers jealous of how the secretive 509th got the best of everything. Insights from the Manhattan Project and the Trinity test on July 16, 1945 are included. Paul Tibbets is (correctly) portrayed as a determined glory-grabber who stopped at nothing to elbow his way into the history books.

There are many (now declassified) details I never heard anywhere else: the other planes that went along on the mission, the preliminary missions, Mao Tse-Tung's role, the inadvertent release of a 9000-pound practice bomb that narrowly missed a California desert town, the decision makers who selected Japanese cities as candidates for bombing, and much more.
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