Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Pinterest NetGalley
Google Books previews are unavailable because you have chosen to turn off third party cookies for enhanced content. Visit our cookies page to review your cookie settings.

Dropping the Atomic Bomb on Hirohito and Hitler (Hardback)

What Might Have Happened if the A-Bomb Had Been Ready Early

WWII Frontline Books Frontline: WWII Cold War

By Jim Mangi
Frontline Books
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 32 mono
ISBN: 9781399093156
Published: 30th January 2022


£20.00 Introductory Offer

RRP £25.00

Note: If you have previously requested any release reminder emails for this product to the email address entered above, then the choice you make now about which format(s) of the product you wish to be reminded about will replace the choice you made last time.
You'll be £20.00 closer to your next £10.00 credit when you purchase Dropping the Atomic Bomb on Hirohito and Hitler. What's this?
+£4.50 UK Delivery or free UK delivery if order is over £35
(click here for international delivery rates)

Order within the next 6 hours, 3 minutes to get your order processed the next working day!

Need a currency converter? Check XE.com for live rates

On 2 August 1939, the renowned theoretical physicist Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt in which he declared that ‘it might become possible to set up a nuclear chain reaction in a large mass of uranium’. He went on to declare that ‘extremely powerful bombs of a new type may thus be constructed’. Shortly after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Congress allocated substantial funds to allow research to be undertaken to follow through on Einstein’s idea and build an atomic bomb. Few, if any, could have imagined what they had agreed to support. But what if actual events had taken a different course?

The First Atomic Bomb: An Alternate History to the Ending of WW2 is a highly accurate, thoroughly researched, alternative history presenting a narrative of events exploring what might have happened if the atom bomb had been available somewhat earlier than it really was. What if the atomic bomb had been ready for deployment in, say, February 1945?

Had the atomic bomb been ready sooner, how would this have affected the war in Europe, and in particular Germany’s surrender? What would the impact have been in the war in the Pacific against Imperial Japan, and how would the Soviets have reacted? And what would the following Cold War have looked like? These are all questions and scenarios that the author rigorously examines.

Solidly based on real people and actual events, in this book James Mangi describes the Manhattan Project to build the atom bomb getting an earlier start after President Roosevelt appointed an energetic scientist, Walter Mendenhall, to study the feasibility of the bomb, instead of the more traditional bureaucrat, Lyman Briggs, he actually chose. This scenario, he reveals, might well have produced a war-ending atomic bomb earlier, the effects of which rippled through the post-war world.

It is a fascinating near alternate history looking at what might have happened had atomic weapons been ready earlier and in greater quantities than was actually the case in our timeline. The title gives this away in its reference to the atomic bombing of Germany as well as Japan. I found it interesting in that it confronts the reader with the very real pressures that drove the Manhattan Project to its eventual conclusion and looks at the consequences for the world had bombs been dropped on both Germany and Japan, months before they were ready in our timeline. It is always fun to speculate, and more than that it often opens our eyes to new approaches to what actually did happen in history as we know it. The text is occasionally a bit dry but often illuminating in unexpected ways and both the casual reader and the lay historian can expect to be entertained and sometimes startled by the author's conclusions.

NetGalley, William Harris

As featured in

The Bookseller 08/10/21

About Jim Mangi

After somewhat accidentally volunteering for, and serving in Vietnam, JIM MANGI earned a PhD in ecology and spent 40 years in the professional “What If?” business. The consulting firm he built traced the effects of planned projects on the environment and communities. Besides civil projects like power plants and factories, he worked on military projects ranging from battle tanks, to combat aircraft, to ICBM’s and space vehicles, some of which he can talk about. After selling his multi-million-dollar firm, he turned from predicting What If? futures, to constructing What If? pasts. He seeks to give the citizen reader some food for thought about how we got to where we are. Victor Borge said, ‘Making predictions is hard, especially about the future’. Making good predictions about the past is hard too, but it’s thought provoking and entertaining. Jim now lives in Michigan, USA where he chairs Dementia Friendly Saline and is a caregiver for his wife.

Perfect Partner

Disaster at Stalingrad An Alternate History (Paperback)

It is early September 1942 and the German commander of the Sixth Army, General Paulus, assisted by the Fourth Panzer Army, is poised to advance on the Russian city of Stalingrad. His primary mission was to take the city, crushing this crucial centre of communication and manufacturing, and to secure the valuable oil fields in the Caucasus. What happens next is well known to any student of modern history: a brutal war of attrition, characterised by fierce hand-to-hand combat, that lasted for nearly two years, and the eventual victory by a resolute Soviet Red Army. A ravaged German Army was pushed…

By Peter Tsouras

Click here to buy both titles for £34.99
Other titles in Frontline Books...