Chris Wallace

April 12, 1945: After years of bloody conflict, America is stunned by news of President Roosevelt’s death.

VP 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. This is the story of the turbulent times leading up to August 6, 1945, when Truman gives the order to drop the bomb on Hiroshima. Here Wallace takes us inside the minds of the iconic and elusive figures who join the quest for the bomb, each for different reasons: Albert Einstein, who eventually calls his vocal support for the atomic bomb “the one great mistake in my life”; lead researcher Robert 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.

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Book: Countdown 1945