Unaware of the switch in aircraft, Laurence assumed Victor 77 was The Great Artiste, which was in fact, Victor 89.
The Japanese military was unable to stop the Allied attacks and the country's preparations proved inadequate.
Target Hiroshima: Deak Parsons and the Creation of the Atomic Bomb.
Significant increases at doses greater than 50 rads in Hiroshima and 200 in Nagasaki were found, with the risk of mental retardation generally rising directly with increasing dose.
The Speed of Light was translated into nine languages and won several awards in the US and in Europe, including being shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Femina.
It would be the start of a frightful era of weapons that could defy control and menace civilization.