William Craig was twelve years old when the U.S. and Japan went to war. This, his first book, reflects the more-than- scholarly intensity of interest in the subject which he has maintained ever since. The time span here is approximately six weeks, from shortly before ""Little Boy"" and ""The Fat Man"" were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, until the formal surrender on September 2, 1945. The effect of the atomic bombings on the Japanese people is given detailed consideration, and Mr. Craig has wisely emphasized the lesser-known story of Nagasaki, and the crew of Bock's Car, the B-29 which dropped the plutonium bomb on that city. His exhaustive research comes fully alive--on the secret peace feelers, the hard fought battle for Okinawa, and the OSS teams who opened up the prison camps of China and Manchuria. And then, his illumination of the conduct of the Japanese leaders, both civilian and military, gives the book its exceptional thrust.... For the Is Paris Burning audience, history with narrative drive.