DOOMSDAYS

A MERCILESS WAR COMES TO AN APPALLING END WITH THE USE OF ATOMIC BOMBS AND THE INSTANT INCINERATION OF TWO CITIES

After witnessing the successful test of the first atomic bomb--a primordial burst of energy on the predawn New Mexico desert, a man-made fire bright enough to flicker in reflection off the moon--Brigadier General Thomas F. Farrell sought out his immediate superior, Major General Leslie R. Groves. Groves was commander of the top-secret Manhattan Project, which had been commissioned and funded--with $2 billion--to try to build such a bomb. "When Farrell came up to me," Groves remembered, "his first words were, 'The war is over.' My reply was, 'Yes, after we drop two bombs on Japan.'" This was the morning of July...

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