On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki comes this account of the war-room drama inside the cabinets of the United States and Japan that led to Armageddon on August 6, 1945—secret strategy sessions, fierce debates, looming assassinations, and planned invasions that resulted in history's first use of nuclear weapons in combat.
Barrett offers a unique glimpse at the political negotiations between the United States and Japan in the weeks leading up to and directly after the bombings ... The text is straightforward, though abrupt shifts in points of view are occasionally confusing ... This look at the negotiations surrounding the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is appropriate for any beginning World War II scholar.
... an impressively researched chronicle of the months leading up to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima ... By capturing both sides of the conflict, Barrett generates drama despite the inevitability of the book’s conclusion. Military history buffs will be riveted.