Don Farrell to launch new book at American Memorial Park - Marianas Variety - 05/09/2018
09 May 2018
By Lori Lyn C. Lirio - email@example.com - Variety News Staff
EDUCATOR and historian Don Farrell will launch his 13th book, “Tinian and the Bombs,” at American Memorial Park on Thursday at 6 p.m.
His latest publication is sponsored by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council and copies will be available for sale at the park’s Visitor Center gift shop.
The 500-page book is about the role played by Tinian in the Manhattan Project during World War II, Farrell said.
“My book tells the story of what really happened on Tinian, which most people do not understand.”
“Tinian and the Bombs” is a product of 20 years of archival research on Farrell’s part.
He said he wrote the book to make sure “that people understand the magnitude of the atomic bomb production process created on Tinian during the war.”
He said there were more than two atomic bombs. “The United States was ready to use as many bombs as necessary to end the war.”
A production facility was created on Tinian by highly qualified physicists, scientists and technicians from Los Alamos, he said. “They came to Tinian and lived at North Field…. They received the parts, assembled the bombs, put them on airplanes and flew with them to the targets in Japan.”
On Aug. 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Three days later, another atomic bomb was dropped, this time on Nagasaki.
“There were many books written in the past that did not tell the story of what happened on Tinian. They never talked about what really happened on Tinian where the U.S. prepared to build and drop as many bombs as necessary to end the war,” Farrell said.
“There are many untruths that have been told about why the United States used the bombs over the last 70 years. My objective is to correct those mistakes and make sure the story is properly told,” he added.
“The only thing that most people know for sure is that two bombs were flown from Tinian to Japan. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.”