AUTHORFeifer, George
TITLETennozan: The Battle of Okinawa and the Atomic Bomb
PUBLISHERTicknor and Fields
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1992
ISBN0-395-70066-3


This book is an extensive account of the savage Battle of Okinawa - a campaign that has been called “the greatest land, sea, and air battle of all time” (introduction). As the last large-scale confrontation before the atomic age, the Battle of Okinawa is portrayed in great detail from the first bombardment by sea to the aftermath of the carnage and the dropping of the atomic bombs. Not meant to serve as a military history, the account instead sketches the elements of the battle and its background and attempts to illustrate what Okinawans, Americans, and Japanese endured. The book includes interesting chapters on kamikazes, close combat, civilian suffering, American atrocities, and the Japanese and American participants. The final chapter concentrates on the atomic bombs. The author refers extensively to interviews and personal recollections of individuals involved in the campaign.


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