To my readers, listeners and friends everywhere. . . .
Most of you are probably wondering why I am so remiss lately with my written and audio blogs on this web site. Well, the fact is that for the last few months I have finally turned my full attention to the follow-up book of Hellstorm–The Death of Nazi Germany, 1944-1947. The time spent on the research and writing–and rewriting–quite honestly eats up most of my waking moments.
The working title for this new book is Summer, 1945: Germany, Japan and the Harvest of Hate. I don’t think I need to add–especially for those of you who have read Hellstorm yourself—that this book will be a ground-breaking, gut-wrenching account. Much of the material in Summer, 1945 will be new to even the more serious students of the period. Given the terrible crimes committed against both nations during that fateful last summer of the war I firmly believe that this book will have an even greater impact on the world than Hellstorm had. And that is saying much.
Many of the comments I received from those who had finished Hellstorm mentioned that the book changed the way they viewed the world, that the book was “life-altering”, that there was the reader before the book, and there was now the reader after the book. This, I predict, will be the same reaction of those who read Summer, 1945. As before, the book will be graphic, to the point, and will pull absolutely no punches. For the first time in over 70 years, most of these dark secrets, long-hidden from the world, will finally be available. What was done to Germany and Japan by the Allied forces during and after the war were crimes so vast and hideous that one is quite literally staggered by the utter and shameless evil.
I am proud to say that in the past, many of you stepped to the front with your donations to help. Although I never asked for funds back then most of you instinctively understood the financial limitations of a non-academic historian such as myself . . . and you replied in kind. For that, I thank you, one and all.
But now, I must do that which I never did in the past–I must ask up front for your financial support. As you might imagine, a book of this nature is expensive to research and write. Since I am working full-time on the book, there is very little extra income available . . . and like everyone else, I have bills that must be paid.
And so, to those of you who like your history honest, accurate and fearless, I ask that you give what you can. To those of you who donate $50 or more, I will, upon publication, send a signed copy of the book. Additionally, in the event a film is made based on the book, as was the case with Hellstorm, I will also see that you receive the DVD.
For those of you who can contribute via paypal, my ID is firstname.lastname@example.org. For those of you donating with cash, check or money order, my mailing address is: Tom Goodrich, 9011 Midnight Pass Rd., # 527, Sarasota, FL, 34242
On behalf of history, Truthful History, thanks to everyone!
(Above: The US firebombing of Tokyo, 1945. An estimated 100,000-200,000, mostly women, children and the elderly were burned to death that night)