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Japan's Secret War

3.16 of 5 stars 3.16  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  2 reviews
After years of research based on material gathered by American intelligence during the occupation of Japan as well as extensive interviews with surviving participants, Robert Wilcox gives the first detailed account of Japan's version of the Manhattan Project - from its earliest days to the possible testing of an actual weapon. The story involves Japan's leading scientists, ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published March 1st 1985 by William Morrow & Co (first published 1985)
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Apr 16, 2011 Manny rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Manny by: My son David
Did a secret Japanese research program during World War II construct its own atomic weapon, which was actually tested in North Korea a day or two after Nagasaki and then captured by the invading Russians?

The answer, I'm afraid, is probably "no", but the author has discovered a remarkable story. I was left in no doubt that a Japanese version of the Manhattan Project did exist. It's rather moving in a strange way, and I was reminded several times of Das Boot. Just as with the movie, where after a
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I found this book many years ago in the library at Fort Campbell, KY. I was impressed with the research and also the facts: the Germans did ship their uranium to Japan near the end of the war; the Russians did rush into Manchuria; Unit 731 did exist; and more.

I actually then wrote a thriller based on this story, The Gate, with the premise being that the Japanese succeeded in their program, and developed two atomic weapons. One which they detonated to cover their tracks (and also lured the Russia
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Robert K. Wilcox is a bestselling author, screenwriter, novelist and journalist. He specializes in mysteries and military history. He began his career as religion editor of the Miami News, winning the Supple Memorial Award as the best religion writer in the nation. He and went on to write for the teh Miami Herald, New York Times and other major newspapers and magazines before becoming a television ...more
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