The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Infobase Publishing, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 128 pages
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Desperate to bring an end to the Pacific Theater in World War II, the United States unleashed the most powerful and deadly bomb known to humankind at the time. The atomic bomb was a marvel of modern science, but it left a devastating imprint on the world particularly in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese cities that were chosen as sites for the attacks. The loss of life in these cities was catastrophic. Hundreds of thousands were killed or sickened from exposure to the radiation. More than 60 years after the bombs were dropped, the use of atomic weapons is still debated among nations. The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki examines the reasons for using the bombs and the outcomes of their use.
 

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Contents

The Site of Destruction
7
Prelude to the Bomb
9
The Origins of War in Europe
22
The Conflict Takes Shape
36
The War in Europe
47
The Pacific Theater
65
The Manhattan Project
81
Dropping the Bombs
94
Chronology
114
Glossary
117
Bibliography
120
Further Reading
122
Picture Credits
123
Index
124
About the Author
128
Copyright

The Legacy of World War II
104

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About the author (2008)

J. Poolos is the author of nine books of nonfiction for young readers and has written user guides for video games about baseball and other sports. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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