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January 2017

"My system has changed - no more war, no more conquests," Napoleon announced after his escape from Elba in 1815. In the space of
what is now known as the Hundred Days, the deposed French emperor was to demonstrate that nothing had changed. Only forty-six, he
still possessed the ambition that made Europe quake at the news of his return to France, the magnetism that made men offering undying
devotion swarm to his side, and the military genius that could plan, execute, and very nearly win a brilliant campaign against vastly
superior odds.

On August 6 and 9, 1945, in the last significant blows of World War II, American B-29 bombers dropped atomic warheads on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Within a week, the Japanese surrendered. The war was over, but the Atomic Age was just beginning.

Here, from journalist and historian Michael Blow, is the dramatic story of America's Manhattan Project, which produced the world's first atomic weapons.