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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,302 ratings  ·  81 reviews
America has dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

But Japan has only begun to fight. . . .

In 1945, history has reached a turning point. A terrible new weapon has been unleashed. Japan has no choice but to surrender. But instead, the unthinkable occurs. With their nation burned and shattered, Japanese fanatics set in motion a horrifying endgame–their aim: to take A

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Published May 29th 2007 by Ballantine Books
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Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Conroy plays it tight: What happens in the year after Japan refuses to surrender after Nagasaki is not plausible but probable .

Love it or hate it, "Alternative history" usually cannot resist to range far and wide. As the butterfly effect of history rimples away from the turning point, plausibility is raised until the South rises again to fight on Germany's behalf in WWI.

By contrast, the invasion of Kyūshū is grounded in the projections of operations Downfall & Comet. Had these not been made pub
Jill Hutchinson
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwi-wwii, fiction
The history of WWII is so fascinating why would anyone want to read a "what if" book? Take a look at this book and you will know why. It is without a doubt a true gem and you begin to believe that you are reading actual history and not just "what if". The dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has not had the result that America thought it would and the Japanese refuse to surrender. And that is where the story begins and will keep you turning pages far into the night.

There are se
Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was ok

My wife mocks my reading of Harry Turtledove because it's so far from literature. To her, the flat characters and forced plots pull her out of the story to often to enjoy the ideas or just the ride. Conroy shows me much more of what that must feel like for her.

In a lot of ways, I don't blame the othor for most of the problems in this book - I blame the editor. It's the editor's job to point out when the author swaps point-of-view in the middle of a conversation. It's the editor's job to pu
Brandon Kesler
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I must say I did not know what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book. Spending nights on end to just finish the last pages, this is one novel that is hard to put down. The main story line would make any alternative history bluff leap with joy. Not only did he think of what would happen he made it work with real history, Robert Conroy is an impressive author who has shown that with this novel. Not only was the story line impressive but the characters as well, they seemed to lift ri ...more
Joseph Farand
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What if Japan hadn't surrendered in World War II? Japanese fanatics take control of the government when Emperor Hirohito tries to surrender after the two atomic bombs are dropped. The United States is forced to invade Japan resulting in one of the bloodiest campaigns in its history. As additional atomic bombs are used and deadly kamikaze attacks take a heavy toll success is far from certain. Victory will depend upon the most unlikely of people. Conroy tells his story through an interesting cast ...more
Amy Overton
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoy history -- especially counterfactuals
Recommended to Amy by: found it via goodreads : )
A thought-provoking look at what might have happened if the Japanese hadn't surrendered after Hiroshima & Nagasaki. I had not realized how tenuous the Emperor's decision to surrender was in the 24 hours after he informed his military leadership. According to Conroy's book, had a key general -- General Anami-- decided to oppose the Emperor's decision & support a coup against him, Japan would have fought on with horrific results. Conroy paints a clear picture of how difficult an invasion of the ho ...more
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
What if? What if after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese did not surrender? What if a coalition of followers of Samurai beliefs kidnapped Emperor Hirohito and took control of Japan's military vowing to fight to the last man?

This is the question posed by Robert Conroy in his book 1945. This is the second of Mr. Conroy's books that I've read, and I have to say they are thoroughly enjoyable. His knowledge of the time and the players is so good that he pa
Benjamin Barnes
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
very good book . portrays life in Japan and the United States in a wonderful and true to life manner if the Events Portrayed where to actually of happened on our world
Mal Warwick
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
One of the most hotly debated topics in recent American history was Harry Truman’s decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Although many within his administration resisted the action, Truman defended it on the grounds that the bomb would force Japan’s surrender. The likelihood, his military advisers asserted, is that he would save as many as a million US lives that would be lost in an otherwise necessary invasion of the Japanese home islands. Moral qualms aside, Truman proved to ...more
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I recently read the book, "1945," by Robert Conroy. I've always been a reader of military history, particularly that pertaining to the second world war. Another genre that I enjoy is "alternative history," probably made most popular by Harry Turtledove, with his "The Guns of the South," and "World at War."

Many of you may know that, by the summer of 1945, the war in Europe was over, and the war in the Pacific Theater was drawing closer to its inevitable conclusion. The military might of the Empir
Thomas Sewell
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Robert Conroy book I read, and I still find it an enjoyable re-read. Conroy's strengthes were (he's passed away) interesting characters, action, and intriguing twists. And this book perhaps more than any sticks closer to hard reality than his more improbable ones.

But the book has one flaw that grates on me: the portrayal of Hirohito. By the time Conroy wrote this book, the myth of Hirohito as a peace-loving puppet of the Imperial Army had already been pretty decisively debunke
Christian D.  Orr
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alternate history fans, military fiction fans
A highly engrossing, fast-paced, and eminently readable alternate history novel about a nightmarish scenario in which Imperial Japan does *not* surrender subsequent to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, thanks to a successful coup against Emperor Hirohito by obstinate Bushido-obsessed Japanese military officers.....thus necessitating an extremely bloody (for both sides) American land invasion of the Japanese home islands (starting at Kyushu).

Author Robert Conroy skillfully blends re
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Young readers with little knowledge of history.
Recommended to Tcooker by: Saw it in the library.

While the premise was promising, '1945' was OK at best, and really fell short of my expectations. Conroy demonstrates a solid grasp on history and can relate a bigger picture, but in the smaller scope the book is much less compelling.

Most of the characters are two-dimensional products of that dated Hollywood school of "aw shucks, I'm no hero, I'm just doing my job". The interactions between characters are shallow, predictable and slathered with macho-sappy self-deprecating dialogue. However Conr
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Robert Conroy premises his most recent alternate history novel, about an American invasion of Japan during World War II, on the success of a real-life group of hard-core militarists who attempted to thwart Japan’s surrender in the Second World War. With the emperor now in custody and the impending surrender suddenly called off, American forces now have little option but to carry out Operation Downfall, the invasion of the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. As is typical of many alternate histor ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting take on a well known period of history. Conroy presents and interesting take on what he thinks could of happened in 1945 had World War II not ended following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

1945 does include the perceptions from a number of characters from both sides of the conflict, and this did make it difficult for me to keep up with the actions of some of the characters (I would call them minor characters from a novel perspective, but as Conroy does draw on figures fro
L.J. Simpson
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
1945. An alternative history where the Japanese continue to fight even after the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Much of the the narrative is necessarily violent, considering the viciousness for which the theater was renowned, but the book also explores the political and human ramifications had the conflict not ended when it did.
If you are into military fiction, this is one for you. Good read.
Jeff Kirsch
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it
A good read, an alternate history of the end of World War II in the Pacific. As such it requires multiple story lines to capture the big picture, and this takes you from the trenches to the White House and behind enemy lines to flesh out the plot.
More plot driven than character study, focus is on the action rather than analysis.
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A view of what might have happened if the two atom bombs dropped on Japan did not convince them to end the war. This uses real events and people and projects out a different scenario. It is a good read.
Aug 27, 2008 rated it liked it
- Liked it. Altho it is revisionism history, I thought it was well researched. Characters were rounded albeit I had trouble keeping them seperate in the beginning.
John Hobbs
Oct 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Good read. My first venture into historical fiction, and it wasn't bad. Some of the dialog was weak, but the premise was strong and the action/intrigue seemed believable.
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
OMG - what a great story.
Details are so believable.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it
I wouldn't call this great literature, but as a fan of alternate history, it was a fun read. It was good enough that I'm planning on checking out some of the author's other books.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Robert Conroy is a mediocre writer who cranks out some occasionally interesting AltHistory books, unfortunately in a Readers Digest version of the Harry Turtledove method. In this AltHistory of the invasion of Japan, the historical figures are badly realized (especially Harry Truman) and the fictional heroes are so generic and cardboard it was difficult to tell them apart. Worse yet, the Japanese-American soldier turned spy is presented as the kind of bizarre personality who cracks jokes about r ...more
Edwin Dyer
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Without adding spoilers, the main premise of the book is that the Kyūjō Incident was successful in putting the Emperor of Japan under house arrest. Historically, it failed. Thus, Japan did not surrender and instead the war continued on, forcing the U.S. to initiate Operation Olympic (the invasion of Kyūshū) and prepare for Operation Coronet (the invasion of the Kantō Plain). The author tries to keep the alternate historical events within reason and this adds a good layer of authenticity to the w ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New theater

I have many "what-if" stories about WWII. All of them usually concerned the European or Middle East. This the first that concerns the Pacific. It is also one of the best. It not only includes reconvened at the highest level but also the first details of the men in the ground. The war against the Japanese was far different than against the Germans and this story describes this difference.
I have already downloaded this author's stories and look forward to reading them.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm always interested in alternate history novels, and even if WWII is a well-trod area for these types of novels, I enjoyed this one in large part because the fixation on a Japanese invasion by America was new subject matter for me.
The narrative bounces around to all sections of the war, from Emperor Hirohito to President Truman to the men on the front lines in the midst of the horrors of a truly terrible war, this is a really eye-opening read.
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fourth of a beach read binge. Back to my historical interest after more general fiction. This caught my eye as I had previously speculated on the scenario of this book. My wife's and my father might have been pulled into the Pacific war if it had not ended in August 1945. My wife's father in particular was in training. A well written, all together believable war story of what might have been. All kinds of historical tangents I would not have imagined.
Gordon Popular
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a good easy read. What would happen if japan didn't surrender after the second a-bomb. This book tells you from the view point of the people on the ground. It has a young American officer, a harden Japanese nco, the last Japanese submarine capt. and a one arm neisei spy. A good fast read of a what-if history. Recommended.
Daniel Williams
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very plausible what if scenario: the Japanese did not surrender in Aug 1945 and we had to keep fighting. Good action, good characters. Maybe too many characters to keep track of at points. I was able to predict some plot points. But definitely a good read.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I rather enjoyed this alternative history novel. I would have very happily awarded it four stars if it had fleshed out some of the story arcs somewhat more. It felt at times that some events were skipped over when I would have liked to have known the details.
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Robert Conroy was a best selling author of alternate history novels. His 1942, which is set within a Japanese conquest of Hawaii, won the prestigious Sidewise Award for alternate histories.

After taking early retirement from automotive management, Conroy decided to combine his loves of history and writing. After discovering that Kaiser Wilhelm had plans to invade the U.S., he wrote his first alter

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