Hiroshima Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath

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Macmillan, Aug 5, 2014 - History - 640 pages
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In this harrowing history of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, Paul Ham argues against the use of nuclear weapons, drawing on extensive research and hundreds of interviews to prove that the bombings had little impact on the eventual outcome of the Pacific War. More than 100,000 people were killed instantly by the atomic bombs, mostly women, children, and the elderly. Many hundreds of thousands more succumbed to their horrific injuries later, or slowly perished of radiation-related sickness.

Yet American leaders claimed the bombs were "our least abhorrent choice"—and still today most people believe they ended the Pacific War and saved millions of American and Japanese lives. In this gripping narrative, Ham demonstrates convincingly that misunderstandings and nationalist fury on both sides led to the use of the bombs. Ham also gives powerful witness to its destruction through the eyes of eighty survivors, from twelve-year-olds forced to work in war factories to wives and children who faced the holocaust alone.

Hiroshima Nagasaki presents the grisly unadorned truth about the bombings, blurred for so long by postwar propaganda, and transforms our understanding of one of the defining events of the twentieth century.

 

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

This is the best book on the subject I've read yet, a superbly researched and absorbing narrative. I particularly like how Ham alternates between the American and Japanese perspectives. He effectively ... Read full review

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User Review  - zappa - LibraryThing

I purchased Ham’s tome because I have long held a genuine sense that I really did not have my head around the complexities of the Japanese bombing. Coming from my perspective, driven not least by ... Read full review

Contents

1 WINTER 1945
1
2 TWO CITIES
26
3 FEUERSTURM
47
4 PRESIDENT
68
5 ATOM
87
6 THE MANHATTAN PROJECT
105
7 SPRING 1945
131
8 THE TARGET COMMITTEE
147
14 SUMMER 1945
267
15 TINIAN ISLAND
278
16 AUGUSTA
301
17 HIROSHIMA 6 August 1945
315
18 INVASION
339
19 NAGASAKI 9 August 1945
357
20 SURRENDER
380
21 RECKONING
407

9 JAPAN DEFEATED
166
10 UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER
190
11 TRINITY
210
12 POTSDAM
230
13 MOKUSATSU
251
22 HIBAKUSHA
432
23 WHY
459
EPILOGUE DEAD HEAT
488
Endmatter
511
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About the author (2014)

PAUL HAM is a historian, specializing in twentieth-century conflict. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Kokoda. A former journalist, he has worked for the Financial Times Group and was the Australia correspondent for The Sunday Times of London for fifteen years. Paul was born in Australia and educated in Sydney and London. He now lives in Paris with his family.

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