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David Dean Barrett

David Dean Barrett is a military historian, specializing in World War II. His first book, 140 Days to Hiroshima: The Story of Japan's Last Chance to Avert Armageddon, debuted in April of 2020.

Mr. Barrett has also published work in WWII Quarterly Magazine, U.S. Military History Review, and Global War Studies, and he has been a frequent guest speaker for more than a decade on the use of the atomic bomb in the final days of WWII and the end of the Pacific War.

In addition, he served as the Historical Consultant/Producer for Reda Films' production, "Heroes of the Sky: The Mighty Eighth Air Force," which aired globally on National Geographic in May of 2020. 

Mr. Barrett earned his Master's Degree in History from the University of Colorado, Denver. More information is available at his website at

Articles by this Author

In the spring of 1945, American bombing raids destroyed much of Tokyo and dozens of other Japanese cities, killing at least 200,000 people, without forcing a surrender.
U.S. military leaders drew up elaborate plans to invade Japan, with estimates of American casualties ranging as high as two to four million, given the terrible losses at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.