Hiroshima

Hiroshima

Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb

Book - 1995
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The bombing of Hiroshima was one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century, yet this controversial question remains unresolved. At the time, General Dwight Eisenhower, General Douglas MacArthur, and chief of staff Admiral William Leahy all agreed that an atomic attack on Japanese cities was unnecessary. All of them believed that Japan had already been beaten and that the war would soon end. Was the bomb dropped to end the war more quickly? Or did it herald the start of the Cold War? In his probing new study, prizewinning historian Ronald Takaki explores these factors and more. He considers the cultural context of race - the ways in which stereotypes of the Japanese influenced public opinion and policymakers - and also probes the human dimension. Relying on top secret military reports, diaries, and personal letters, Takaki relates international policies to the individuals involved: Los Alamos director J. Robert Oppenheimer, Secretary of State James Byrnes, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, and others... but above all, Harry Truman.

Baker & Taylor
Explores the decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima

Blackwell North Amer
The bombing of Hiroshima was one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century, yet this controversial question remains unresolved. At the time, General Dwight Eisenhower, General Douglas MacArthur, and chief of staff Admiral William Leahy all agreed that an atomic attack on Japanese cities was unnecessary. All of them believed that Japan had already been beaten and that the war would soon end.

Baker
& Taylor

A concise study of America's use of atomic weapons during World War II questions the military necessity of dropping the bomb and suggests that desire for intimidation, anti-Asian sentiment, and Harry Truman's personality were all significant factors. Reprint.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, and Co., c1995
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780316831246
9780316831222
0316831220
Branch Call Number: 940.5425 TAK
Characteristics: 193 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm

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