When Bob Greene went home to be with his dying father, it set off a chain of events that led him to knowing his dad in a way he never had before - thanks to a quiet man who lived just a few miles away and had changed the history of the world. Greene's father, an infantry soldier in World War II, often spoke of seeing the anonymous man around town. This man had "won the war." He was Paul Tibbets. At the request of his country, Tibbets assembled a secret team of 1,800 American soldiers to carry out the single most violent act in the history of mankind. In 1945 Tibbets piloted a plane to the Japanese city of Hiroshima, where he dropped the atomic bomb. On the morning of the last meal he ate with his father, Greene went to meet Tibbets. What developed was an unlikely friendship that allowed Greene to discover things about his father, and his father's generation of soldiers, that he had never fully understood before.
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