The first narrative history of the nuclear attack told from both the Japanese and American viewpoints.
Paul Ham is the author of the highly acclaimed Kokoda (HarperCollins, 2004) and is the Australia correspondent of the London Sunday Times. He was born and educated in Australia and lives in Sydney, having spent several years working in Britain as a journalist and publisher.
"[A] vivid, comprehensive and quietly furious account...Paul Ham brings new tools to the job, unearthing fresh evidence of a deeply disturbing sort. He has a magpie eye for the telling detail" -- Ben Macintyre The Times "We are in Paul Ham's debt for showing that it is unjustifiable to consider ever again dropping an atomic bomb...Comprehensive and horrifying" -- Jonathan Mirsky Literary Review "Provocative and challenging, Paul Ham's book strips away the cosy myth that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended the Second World War...A voice that is both vigorous and passionate" -- Christopher Sylvester Daily Express "Controversial...Gives an eye-witness picture that leaves Dante's Inferno looking pale...Well documented and stringently argued" -- Peter Lewis Daily Mail "With more detail than the average text book yet written in a way that pulls you in ... this is essential for anyone remotely interested in our history" Sydney Sunday Telegraph