Hiroshima's Shadow

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Pamphleteer's Press, 1998 - History - 584 pages
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Delayed in order to include contributions by Joseph Rotblat and Kenzaburo Oe, two recent Nobel Peace Prize winners, and the haunting photographs of Yosuke Yamahata, as well as a completely new cover design, Hiroshima's Shadow will at last be available this spring.Any American who reads this collection of essays will be compelled to fundamentally reevaluate their understanding of the history and politics underlying the decision to use atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This unsettling volume draws together a distinguished group of international historians and writers who through careful research have pierced the rationales for the atomic bombing presented by members of the Truman Cabinet following the annihilation of both cities and their civilian populations. Important elements of this research became a central part of the highly controversial 1995 Enola Gay exhibit at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum which was first censored and then ultimately canceled.

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This is a bone chilling book. I strongly recommend it. Read full review

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This is an extraordinary resource on the history of the bomb at the debate around the bomb in the decade after Hiroshima. Read full review


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Kai Bird is the co-author with Martin J. Sherwin of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer" (2005), which also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. His other books include "The Chairman: John J. McCloy, the Making of the American Establishment" (1992) and "The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy & William Bundy, Brothers in Arms "(1998). Bird's many honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, and the Rockefeller Foundation. A contributing editor of "The Nation", he lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, with his wife and son.

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