72 Hours That Changed the World

Author: Ken Wiley

ISBN: 978-1-62137-853-2 (hardcover)

290 Pages



Learn all about Japanese secret weapons and their "Special Attack" program, combined with known facts that help verify the importance of the timing of the atomic bomb. As America wrestled with the idea of stopping World War II with the bomb, Japan wrestled with their planned destruction of America's amphibious assault forces upon the attempted invasion of their homeland (scheduled on November 1, 1945). The atomic bomb was unknown to Japan prior to use in mid-August, 1945. Likewise the "Special Attack" program, with its thousands of secret suicide weapons and the planned ambush to defend their homeland was unknown to America, who successfully completed 100 amphibious invasions to bring them to the doorstep of Japan. Had there been no atomic bomb, America's amphibious forces would have been destroyed and the war reversed. America would have been like a tiger with its teeth pulled. They would not have had "The Big Stick" that Theodore Roosevelt claimed was necessary to back up authority, and the inevitable World War III would have occurred, changing the world as we know it today. This is that story. Mysteries of World War II events changing its direction were credited to many things such as timing, mistakes, strategy and planning, technological advances, overpowering manpower and equipment strength, or for all 130,000,000 Americans, perhaps miracles. As the Cox'n of an LCVP in the Pacific, I, Ken Wiley, understood God's help and how we fought that war with our amphibious operations. America, surrounded on both sides by oceans, had to fight the war from the sea. That is why we had 100 D-Day invasions, and that is why we had to have the mightiest amphibious force in the world. Follow these invasions with the teenage boys conducting them. You may agree that it was a miracle.


Ken Wiley is President of AHCWW II Roundtable, a co-host on The Veterans Voice TV show, and a veteran of seven Amphibious Invasions (Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Saipan, Tinian, Leyte, Luzon and Okinawa) as the Cox'n of an LCVP.

Born in Itasca, Texas, he became one of five brothers who fought in World War II. After the war, he received his education at Hill Jr. College, Texas A&M University, and Oklahoma State University. He spent 67 years in business and has written and published six books about the mid-twentieth century. He is noted for his first-person descriptions of teenage boys in the amphibious operations of the Pacific War. The first book, Lucky Thirteen: D-Days in The Pacific With The US Coast Guard in WWII, was voted "Best Book of 2006" by the Heritage Foundation and carried a 4.5-star rating with Amazon.

His other publications include The Way I Saw It: 13 Short Stories of WWII and the Mid-Twentieth Century, The Gold Star Mother and the White Cliffs Of Dover: Unfold the Details of the Eighth Air Force, The Fatted Cats: The Powerful Post-War Dynasty of Government/Industry, and Shadows of the Past: How One Nation Under God Tackled Poverty, Unemployment & Inflation.

Ken is married, and he and his wife Deane live in Mountain City, Tennessee. They have six daughters, ten grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.


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