1945: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 2007 - Fiction - 432 pages
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America has dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
But Japan has only begun to fight. . . .

In 1945, history has reached a turning point. A terrible new weapon has been unleashed. Japan has no choice but to surrender. But instead, the unthinkable occurs. With their nation burned and shattered, Japanese fanatics set in motion a horrifying endgame–their aim: to take America down with them.

In Robert Conroy’s brilliantly imagined epic tale of World War II, Emperor Hirohito’s capitulation is hijacked by extremists and a weary United States is forced to invade Japan as a last step in a war that has already cost so many lives. As the Japanese lash out with tactics that no one has ever faced before–from POWs used as human shields to a rain of kamikaze attacks that take out the highest-value target in the Pacific command–the invasion’s success is suddenly in doubt. As America’s streets erupt in rioting, history will turn on the acts of a few key players from the fiery front lines to the halls of Washington to the shadowy realm of espionage, while a mortally wounded enemy becomes the greatest danger of all.

Praise for Robert Conroy’s 1901

“Likely to please both military history and alternative history buffs . . . The writing . . . keeps us turning the pages.”
–Booklist

“Fascinating . . . skillfully crafted.”
–Oakland Press

“Packed with action.”
–Detroit News

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Excellent alternate history novel! Robert Conroy created a (IMO) very plausible story of what events might have been if the Japanese had not surrendered after the dropping of the atomic bombs. I also ... Read full review

1945: A Novel

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The author of two previous adventures in alternate history (1901, 1862), Conroy now explores what might have happened in late 1945 if a militarist faction of the Japanese government had succeeded in ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Robert Conroy is the author of the hugely-popular alternate history novels "Red Inferno: 1945, 1945, 1942, 1901 "and "1862. 1942", which is set within a Japanese conquest of Hawaii, won the prestigious Sidewise Award for alternate histories. Conroy has written for "Military History "magazine and has traveled extensively in Europe where he's taken a special interest in battlefields, historical collections and castles. After a first career in business, Conroy has turned his lifelong passion for writing and military history into an immensely satisfying new occupation. He is married, lives in southeastern Michigan, and, when not writing, teaches business and economic history at a local college.

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