The basic premise is that a B-movie actor named Syms Thorley is writing what is either a suicide note or a memoir in Reagan-era Baltimore. In it he reveals the truth behind "Project Knickerbocker", the Navy's plan to end WWII in the Pacific by breeding giant fire-breathing reptiles and unleashing them upon Japan. Not wanting to use such a horrible weapon that would kill so many civilians, it was decided to do a "demonstration" by having a smaller, man-sized monsters ruin a model city in front of a Japanese delegation. Only problem: the man-sized reptiles are docile, so a man in a rubber suit is needed. That man is Syms Thorley. Shambling Towards Hiroshima is his story.
Includes examples of:
- Awesome, but Impractical: The attempt to create (In-Universe) Real Life Kaiju runs into complications because it's impossible to breed Kaiju on the regular (read "Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever") size and the ones that have been bred are very docile.
- Fictional Media: Most (but not all) of the films referenced in the book.
- Ghostapo / Stupid Jetpack Hitler: At one point, it is noted that the Nazis have been trying to breed Kaiju of their own, for the very same purposes. Unfortunately for them, they are also running into the same snags.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Okay, some were.
- People in Rubber Suits: Thorley's job is to be one of these.
- Whole Episode Flashback: 90% of the book is flashback or comments on the events in those flashbacks.
- Weird Historical War: Once again, an attempt by the United States to create Real Life (In-Universe) Kaiju.