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Posted July 3, 2013
I chose to read this book because the topic interested me. When
I chose to read this book because the topic interested me. When I began reading the book I found that the book was very dry. However, there were times where this book managed to capture my attention. The letters,remarks and diary entries of scientist, generals and Truman regarding the use of the atomic bomb was very intriguing. I would recommend this book to someone doing research on the topic or has some time to spare.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 3, 2003
A Historical Sitcom
This book is one of many that attempt to discredit the atomic bombing of Japan that ended World War II. Like a tired old TV series, these books repeat the same formula: 1) Emphasize that Japan was on the verge of losing the war by mid-1945 and minimize or ignore the fact that she was still inflicting heavy losses on U.S. forces and had no intention of surrendering at this time. Use this distortion as proof that there was no military necessity to drop the bomb. 2) Portray tentative Japanese peace feelers as the equivalent of a waving white flag when they were in reality half-hearted attempts to stop the shooting on terms favorable to Japan. Suggest that Truman could have engaged these feelers and easily worked out a surrender deal. Present this speculation as a fact. 3)Insert a conspiracy theory or two explaining why the bomb was dropped. In this book, American racism and Truman's desire to look like a tough guy serve as prime motives. If it weren't for the tragic nature of the events under discussion, the book would provide a good laugh. But unlike a sitcom, good history is based on facts and insights, not self-serving distortions and speculation. Unfortunately for the reader, the formula this book follows is based on the latter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2002
That's about all I can say for this book. I was assigned to read any history book of my choosing and so I decided to read about a topic that interests me. I wasn't very thrilled, so you could say I had a very big chip on my shoulder when I started this book. Therefore, my review here could possibly be tainted with that evidence. Takaki took a lot of time and effort into researching for information for his writings. At times, I felt that the information was overwhelming, and got very detailed. So in other words, it was boring. I believe that if I actually took the time to enjoy this book, time that I didn't have while reading it, I probably would have found that it wouldn't have been hard. But, on the contrary, I didn't take the time, and I didn't enjoy it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.