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With the war in Europe winding down in the spring of 1945, the United States turns its vast military resources toward a furious assault on the last great stepping-stone to Japan—the heavily fortified island of Okinawa. The three-month battle in the Pacific theater will feature some of the most vicious combat of the entire Second World War, as American troops confront an enemy that would rather be slaughtered than experience the shame of surrender. Meanwhile, stateside, a different kind of campaign is being waged in secret: the development of a weapon so powerful, not even the scientists who build it know just what they are about to unleash. Colonel Paul Tibbets, one of the finest bomber pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps, is selected to lead the mission to drop the horrific new weapon on a Japanese city. As President Harry S Truman mulls his options and Japanese physician Okiro Hamishita cares for patients at a clinic near Hiroshima, citizens on the home front await the day of reckoning that everyone knows is coming.

Fiction & Literature
May 17
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Bobbyt15651 ,

Pacific reality

A novel that puts you in the foxholes and hellish nightmare of war in the islands. A read you will long remember after your finished.

Joel Engle ,

You need to read this book!

Shaara’s historical fiction is brilliant. I have read the majority of his work and am always enlightened and empowered to see history through the conscineces of those who participated shaping it.

The Final Storm is an exhilarating read. The war in the Pacific is every bit as significant as the war in Europe during WW2. To read this book is, in some very limited ways, to be a part of the experience and helps one identifiy with the terror, complexity and pain that war causes. It also gives us illumination into the humanity of many of America’s greatest leaders.

Elvisman12345678910 ,

The Final Storm

Felt the fear, the revulsion and the unbelievable courage on every page. Great book, should be included in every high school history class about WWII

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