In one book, “Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World,” Chris Wallace, anchor of Fox News Sunday, with Mitch Weiss, present behind-closed-door views and snapshots of politicians, advisors, military men, world leaders, and others who shaped President Harry S Truman’s decision to drop the Atom Bomb on two Japanese cities in August 1945.
The book’s countdown starts on April 12, 1945, with then-Vice President Truman being summoned to the White House and informed that President
Franklin D. Roosevelt has just died. Moments after Truman’s swearing-in, Secretary of War Henry Stimson pulled the new commander-in-chief aside to briefly tell him about a top-secret project Truman knew nothing about. Stimson said the project was aimed at developing “a new explosive of almost unbelievable destructive power.” Truman would of course quickly learn more about the Manhattan Project, and fast.