The Last Great Victory

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July 15 to August 15, 1945: the last month of World War II. What happened in those dramatic days, not only would end the greatest conflict in history but decisively shape decades to come. Circling the globe, interweaving momentous events with fascinating personal stories, The Last Great Victory, brings to life the unfolding of that fateful time in all its stirring triumph, tragedy, action and suspense.

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From July 15, the day the Big Three assembled at Potsdam, through August 15, the day Emperor Hirohito euphemistically admitted to his subjects that the war "developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage," the epochal climax to World War II ran its course. Weintraub presents this riveting, globally framed, blow-by-blow account of those 30 days, patterned after his popular Long Day's Journey into War: December 7, 1941 (1991). Four years later, gigantic events are remembered: millions of Germans flee from the vengeful Communists; a million or so Russian POWs in Western custody are forced back to Stalin's care and to certain imprisonment or death; the dictator negotiates his steely version of realpolitik with Truman and Churchill and Atlee; the Trinity test lights up Alamogordo ("the Second Coming in Wrath," Churchill called it); the Enola Gay annihilates Hiroshima; the Russians pour into Manchuria; and Hirohito makes a decisive intervention to stop his government's dithering about surrender--sparking a suicidal revolt by the ultramilitarists. Weintraub paces the stories so well that even though we know what will happen, it feels as if anything could happen--even the projected invasions of Kyushu and Honshu. Ranging through this material like a master historical novelist, Weintraub intensifies the powerful impact of this, the real historical thing. Libraries need not have every anniversary title pushed forward by the publishers, but they must have this one. Gilbert Taylor

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In the same format as the author's Long Day's Journey into War: December 7, 1941 (LJ 9/1/91), this book examines the last month of the war through a creative combination of overview and individual recollection. Presenting the events on a daily basis, the author leads up to the Potsdam Conference and the end of the war in Europe. The scene shifts to the Pacific theater and bloody combat that led to the U.S. island victories, the plans for invading Japan, and the agonizing decision to employ the atomic bomb, not once but twice. Meticulously detailed accounts capture the diplomatic maneuverings and political infighting, from the war-weary Winston Churchill and freshman President Truman to the news reports of an invalided naval officer named John F. Kennedy. Strongly recommended for all collections.?David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L.
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