Give as a Gift

Send this book as a Gift!

Book Rating (66)

Narrator Rating (9)

Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Chris Wallace

Narrated By: Chris Wallace

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Date: June 2020

Duration: 8 hours 41 minutes

Summary:

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER * “Riveting.” —The New York Times * “Propulsive.” —Time * “Reads like a tense thriller.” —The Washington Post * “The book is deservedly the nonfiction blockbuster of the season.” —The Wall Street Journal

From Chris Wallace, the veteran journalist and anchor of Fox News Sunday, comes an electrifying behind-the-scenes account of the 116 days leading up to the American attack on Hiroshima.

April 12, 1945: After years of bloody conflict in Europe and the Pacific, America is stunned by news of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death. In an instant, Vice President Harry Truman, who has been kept out of war planning and knows nothing of the top-secret Manhattan Project to develop the world’s first atomic bomb, must assume command of a nation at war on multiple continents—and confront one of the most consequential decisions in history. Countdown 1945 tells the gripping true story of the turbulent days, weeks, and months to follow, leading up to August 6, 1945, when Truman gives the order to drop the bomb on Hiroshima.

In Countdown 1945, Chris Wallace, the veteran journalist and anchor of Fox News Sunday, takes readers inside the minds of the iconic and elusive figures who join the quest for the bomb, each for different reasons: the legendary Albert Einstein, who eventually calls his vocal support for the atomic bomb “the one great mistake in my life”; lead researcher J. Robert “Oppie” Oppenheimer and the Soviet spies who secretly infiltrate his team; the fiercely competitive pilots of the plane selected to drop the bomb; and many more.

Perhaps most of all, Countdown 1945 is the story of an untested new president confronting a decision that he knows will change the world forever. Truman’s journey during these 116 days is a story of high drama: from the shock of learning of the bomb’s existence, to the conflicting advice he receives from generals like Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Marshall, to wrestling with the devastating carnage that will result if he gives the order to use America’s first weapon of mass destruction.

But Countdown 1945 is more than a book about the atomic bomb. It’s also an unforgettable account of the lives of ordinary American and Japanese civilians in wartime—from “Calutron Girls” like Ruth Sisson in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to ten-year-old Hiroshima resident Hideko Tamura, who survives the blast at ground zero but loses her mother and later immigrates to the United States, where she lives to this day—as well as American soldiers fighting in the Pacific, waiting in fear for the order to launch a possible invasion of Japan.

Told with vigor, intelligence, and humanity, Countdown 1945 is the definitive account of one of the most significant moments in history.

Genres:

  • Donald W.

    A tale well told, though the topic has been extensively examined and the decision hotly debated from the moment it was acted upon. The personal details surrounding those directly involved in the project and in the mission itself are quite interesting and were new to me. But By far the controversial and compelling aspect of Truman’s determination to my mind has always been whether there was some way to communicate to the Japanese the awesome dispositive destructive power of the weapon without decimating Hiroshima and exterminating its populace. In Wallace’s telling, the discussion of the analysis of those alternatives is a bit skimpy. reciting in rote fashion that there were those who advocated such an approach and that it was rejected because we weren’t sure the bomb would work and because such a failure would only embolden the Japanese to fight on to the bitter end. But wasn’t the belief that they would do so regardless the animating assumption for dropping the bomb rather than pressing for a surrender? If so, in what way would it’s failure to perform as intended leave us any worse off? Could we not have considered filming the test, delivering the evidence only if it worked? In the end, these questions not analyzed but merely posed in what amounts to a detailed journal of events leading up to and surrounding what is surely the most momentous single event of the 20th century.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Robert Clarke

    I have read so many books about the war in the Pacific and this was one of my favorites. Of course it was not as detailed as some of the works by Tillman, Toland, et al. but had many interesting facts and flowed very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Mark Y.

    Very interesting story lots of facts

Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World

by Chris Wallace

has successfully been added to your shopping cart

Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World, Chris Wallace
Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World, Chris Wallace
This title is due for release on June 9, 2020.

Enter your email below to be notified as soon as it is available!

By clicking "Notify Me" you consent to receiving electronic marketing communications from Audiobooks.com. You will be able to unsubscribe at any time.

Already a member? Log In to add this title to your wishlist.
Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World, Chris Wallace
This title is due for release on June 9, 2020
We'll send you an email as soon as it is available!

Already a member?
Log in to add this title in your wishlist
Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World, Chris Wallace
Please Log in and add this title to your wishlist.
Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World, Chris Wallace

We will send you an email as soon as this title is available.