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Enola Gay: The Bombing of Hiroshima

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  357 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
It was quite probably the most important event of World War II. It's consequences were greater than those of any other event of the war. Yet the story of the bombing of Hiroshima, the momentous flight into the future of the B-29 Enola Gay, has never before been revealed from firsthand sources. Here then is a reading experience you will not ever forget, from a book that has ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 15th 2006 by Konecky & Konecky (first published January 1st 1977)
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Jul 17, 2016 Eric_W rated it really liked it
Lots of ironies and happenstance surrounded the delivery of the first atomic bomb. FDR backed the beginning of the Manhattan Project without the knowledge of Congress using money off the books. Max Tibbetts, a pilot with an impeccable record who had been the first to fly a B-17 on a bombing raid across the English Channel and was in charge of flight testing the B-29, a plane that had killed its first test pilot and was thought by some to be too dangerous to fly, almost didn’t get the job to drop ...more
Michael Gerald
May 17, 2013 Michael Gerald rated it it was amazing
With all the atrocities that Japan committed during the Second World War, it is galling for some Japanese lunatics to make Hiroshima as a shrine for peace. Kapal ng mga mukha!

For the record, Japan was THE aggressor of that terrible war. And their atrocities are also for the record: Korea, Manchuria, Nanjing, the Bataan Death March, the Rape of Manila, the mistreatment of Allied POWs.

And Japan had no intention to surrender until the Soviet Union declared war on them and the US delivered the coup
Yong Lee
Nov 28, 2014 Yong Lee rated it really liked it
A fascinating blow by blow account of the atomic bombing mission. A page turner and hard to put down. It's been a long time since I sucked down a book in one day.
Robert Snow
May 08, 2013 Robert Snow rated it it was amazing
Thomas and Witts have written a page turner and you will be reading this book into the wee hours of the morning. You know how it ends, but the details of the lead up to the mission make this a great book. The one detail I remember vividly is the arming of the Bomb on the way to Hiroshima. You won't be disappointed reading this book!
William Wright
Feb 25, 2015 William Wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, military
Thomas's book takes you from the first inkling of creating the atom bomb to the actual mission to bomb Hiroshima. He doesn't go into the science of the bomb and only peripherally mentions some of the workings of the Manhattan Project.

The focus is on the training and crew of the 509th with emphasis on the challenges faced by Paul Tibbets, the commander and eventual pilot of the Enola Gay. He also writes of the Japanese personalities working at the same time.

It was an enjoyable read with lots of h
Sep 09, 2015 J.S. rated it really liked it
In 1944 Air Force pilot Colonel Paul Tibbetts was approached by General Leslie Groves about assembling a unit for a super secret mission with possibilities of ending the war. He was given no guarantees for his personal safety or that it would even happen, only that if it worked he would be a hero, and if not he was on his own. He assembled his unit, which eventually became known as the 509th Composite, with men he knew and trusted and set up training in Wendover, a forsaken desert spot on the Ut ...more
Della Scott
Sep 19, 2012 Della Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'm so glad that I hung onto this book all these years and finally read it, definitely will be one of my favorite reads of 2012. It was written when Paul Tibbets and many of the other men were still alive and the authors got extensive interviews. They also alternate with what's going on on the American side with major players on the Japanese side. Yes, the Japanese were planning to defend Japan during the upcomin
Tom Schulte
Jan 01, 2013 Tom Schulte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is really one of the best WWII books I have ever read. In a very modern style, it tells the story from several points of view, cutting back and forth: Tibbet's crew and the 509th Composite Group, the submarine captain that will sink the Indianapolis after it delivers A-Bomb parts, Japanese soldiers and civilans in and around Hiroshima. This also goes into detail on things I only knew of briefly, such as the American POWs in Hiroshima and the (overblown) insanity developed later by an Enola ...more
Nov 30, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a detailed description of the preparation for the use of atomic bombs in the Second World War - recounting the time from Sept 1944 until August 1945. The book was written in 1976 and includes interviews with people involved in the organization and mission. The stealth and coordination involved in the project was amazing. Adding an important dimension to the book is the parallel interweaving of what was happening to Japanese at the same time as well as the various avenues of negotiation t ...more
Apr 05, 2007 Héctor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ALAMOGORDO, 16 de julio de 1945

Aquella fría mañana de lunes, muchos de los 425 técnicos y científicos reunidos en la zona de pruebas extendían cuidadosamente sobre sus manos y rostros lociones de protección solar, empleando como iluminación los zigzagueantes rayos que intermitentemente quebraban la oscuridad anterior al amanecer. Aunque algunos de ellos se encontraban a 32 km de distancia de su fuente, temían que el destello, cuando llegara, pudiera provocarles quemaduras similares a las de los
Jan 06, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The facts speak for themselves: I couldn't put this book down (when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it) and when I got to the part where the bomb was dropped, my heart literally started beating faster and my mouth was dry. Not all the parts of the book were quite that intense of course (I felt like it picked up speed as it went) but overall it's a riveting history read and despite being about the atomic bomb, Hiroshima, and WWII, it isn't overwhelmingly disturbing. There are so many el ...more
Thomas Fenske
Jul 10, 2015 Thomas Fenske rated it really liked it
This book gave great insights into the entire mission and even touched on the lives of some of the Japanese residents of Hiroshima at the time of the bombing.
What is especially well documented is the manner in which a new type of warfare was invented from the ground up. Nobody quite knew what they were doing almost until the very end, but the unit was put together with great care, their training was superb, and they got the job done.
Great book!
Jul 12, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had low expectations for this book, it cost me $0.99, but it was surprisingly interesting and well paced. This is the step by step guide of the atomic weapon. From getting the flight crew together as well as adjusting planes to make immediate and fast turns and mastering bomb targets. This also includes snippets of how the bomb was developed and what was happening in Japan. My favorite part was at the very beginning where everyone lamented being in Wendover, Utah. So awful, they must be doing ...more
Mory Mani
Mar 07, 2015 Mory Mani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a great historical book.

I choose this book because I like to know the historical facts. This book provides a good detail of what went on in war against Japan.
Neil Harmon
Feb 25, 2014 Neil Harmon rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Straightforward recounting of the events leading up to the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima. The book was written in an interesting style and cut from one person to another in a way that maintained interest and showed different viewpoints of the same time period. The alternating between Tinian and Hiroshima in the final days were especially effective. I'd recommend this book.
Jul 08, 2016 Dan rated it it was amazing
I have only read 50 pages of this book so far, but I already know it's a great work. It's got me gripped and I'm sure it's going to get even better.
Lee Yahnker
Aug 26, 2015 Lee Yahnker rated it it was amazing
The events of WWII come alive in this story of the atomic bomb drop on Hiroshima that ended the war.
Linda Finger
Oct 23, 2013 Linda Finger rated it it was amazing
This book was enlightening and gave you the sense of hearing it directly from the individuals who lived it. It was hard for me to put into context that my husband was born on 8-11-45, only five days after the bomb was dropped. Would love to know what his mother was thinking and feeling at that time. We are a lucky nation to have such 'ordinary men do such extraordinary things. Controversial it' may be to some, to others men performing their duty to their country , and putting its that need befor ...more
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richard g roach
Oct 06, 2014 richard g roach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First person history

This is a fascinating account if the men of the Manhattan project, and the men of the 509th bomb squadron. The pilots and crews. The story of LTC Paul Tibbets , his leadership, courage, strength of character and courage in the face of hardships and danger are inspirational.

The inclusion of the Japanese people involved in the military, and on the ground adds a fascinating side to the book. The horror of atomic war hits home. This is a must read book.
Joel Ungar
Sep 29, 2013 Joel Ungar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Jun 20, 2016 Boyd rated it really liked it
Lots of super interesting tidbits in this account of the first atomic bombing mission.
Jul 15, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I was totally prepared to be bored by this book. I am happy to say that my experience was completely opposite. I was glued to this account that gives not only American story, but the Japanese story at the same time. People portrayed in movies became very human in the accounts given. I had several "aha" moments. I would highly recommend this book for high school students and anyone interested in this subject..
Dawn Michelle
Jan 16, 2008 Dawn Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is one of those books that I was WAY to young to read and should now re-read as an adult. But it was so mesmerizing and I was so torn for these guys that had to go and fly this mission. I am sure that at 12 I truly didn't understand the magnitude of it, but I know that it has always stayed with me and people are usually amazed that I have read the book.
Patrick Walsh
Jul 20, 2014 Patrick Walsh rated it really liked it
I'm not entirely certain why I added this book to my to-read list. I am impressed by the amount of detail that the author includes in his accounts of the development of the bomb, of the selection and training of the squadron that was ultimately tasked with dropping it on Japan, and of daily life in Hiroshima in the months leading up to 6 August 1945.
david m lawrence
Another great read

I really enjoyed this historical book that explains as lined the planning and preparation that took place to enable the use of this weapon
Jul 21, 2013 stormhawk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, reread
This was the first book I read on the atomic bomb. It does give some background on the Manhattan Project, but the focus is on the crews who trained for and flew the first atomic mission. I have since read everything I can get my hands on about the early days of nuclear science, but this remains a sentimental favorite.
Becky B
Jun 30, 2016 Becky B rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating read.
Daniel Duval
Mar 10, 2013 Daniel Duval rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book on the subject. Compelling exhaustive enjoyable read. The second book I read by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts, I plan to read many more. My wife made a special effort to get it from the library for me so how could I not read it and like it.
Aug 22, 2007 April rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Absolutely fascinating. This (if you don't already know) is about the plane that dropped the first A bomb in Japan. It deals mostly with the people involved in the operation and how it effected them on both sides of the Pacific. Fast read and very interesting.
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Gordon Thomas (born 1933) is a Welsh author who has written more than fifty books.
Thomas was born in Wales, in a cemetery keeper's cottage where his grandmother lived. He had his first story published at nine years old in a Boy's Own Paper competition. With his father in the RAF, he traveled widely and was educated at the Cairo High School, the Maritz Brothers (in Port Elizabeth, South Africa) and
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