The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

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Vintage Books, 1996 - History - 847 pages
One of the most controversial issues absorbing America today: Was it necessary to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Fifty years after the fateful summer of 1945, we are still debating Harry Truman's decision. Now, in an exhaustive, thoroughly documented study of the events of that time, Gar Alperovitz makes plain why the United States did not need to deploy the bomb, how Truman was advised of alternatives to it by nearly every civilian and military adviser, and how his final decision was later justified by what amounted to a deception - the claim that the action saved half a million to a million American soldiers who might otherwise have died in an invasion.

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Contents

BOOK ONE
15
General Efforts to End the War
23
Unconditional Surrender
31
Copyright

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Gar Alperovitz, author of What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution and The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, is the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a former fellow of King's College, Cambridge; a founding fellow of Harvard's Institute of Politics; a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies; and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. also served as a legislative director in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate, and as a special assistant in the US Department of State. Alperovitz is a founding principal of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, and a member of the board of directors for the New Economics Institute (NEI). More information at garalperovitz.com.

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