You may already know it but August 6th is the anniversary of the atomic bomb. Yeah I know, not something you planned on celebrating, right? Me neither. But it's a part of history that interests me and something we should at least remember. I've already reviewed books about the scientists and the bomb itself and the people of Hiroshima, as well as a really good book about the last two years of the war. Here's one about the plane and crew who actually dropped the bomb - Enola Gay: The Bombing of Hiroshima by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts.
Mr. Thomas tries very hard to keep an objective view of the events which ended the war with Japan and avoids vilifying anyone. He presents the facts and recollections of those involved giving a good idea of what it was like at the time and some insights into the various personalities. It's an engrossing and easy read and the build up to the bombing is exciting and tense. It's interesting to read how dangerous just taking off from a tiny little coral island with such a large and heavy bomb was, and the process of arming it shortly before it was dropped (and the very brief second thoughts the crew member responsible for that had), and the unusual instructions the crew was given to go into a steep dive and put as much distance and speed as they could between them and the target. Dark goggles and bracing for a shockwave made them realize it was going to be big, but no one had any idea how big. Unfortunately, the book falters after that and the aftermath is treated only in the lightest manner and details are few, making it feel somewhat anti-climatic. Nonetheless, a good book I recommend for those interested.