Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb

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Little, Brown, Sep 1, 1996 - History - 208 pages
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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.

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Takaki gives the standard arguments against dropping the bomb but adds a new one: The U.S dropped the bomb because of the race issue: yellow skin. He argues that the U.S. did not drop the bomb on the ... Read full review

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What was worse the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki or the thousands ofm Ammerican soldiers slaughtered in the Omahabeach landing,the Anzo beach landing, Hamburger hill, the horrible torture by Japan,the sinking of the Arizona in a SNEAK attack by Japan? My 17 yr old cousin never even made it to the beach at Anzo beach. This war we fighting against Isis and other radical Muslims who think nothing of publicly beheading Americans. If we bombed them that would solve the problem!!!  

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About the author (1996)

Ronald Takaki is a Fellow of the Society of American Historians & a professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include "Strangers from a Different Shore" & "A Different Mirror" &, most recently, "A Larger Memory".

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