Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam / Edition 2

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For students of politics, history and peace studies, this classic work is important reading for anyone interested in the history - and future - of peace and war.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745309477
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: 2ND, EXPANDED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gar Alperovitz is a historian and political economist and is President of the National Center for Economic Alternatives in Washington DC. He has been a fellow of Kings College Cambridge and the Kennedy Institute at Harvard. He has contributed to many publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Nation. A BBC special on Alperovitz's work was screened 1989.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note to the 1994 Edition
Author's Note to the 1985 Edition
Introduction to the 1985 edition The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagaski 1
Preface 61
Ch. I The Strategy of an Immediate Showdown 67
Ch. II The Strategy of a Delayed Showdown 89
Ch. III The Decision of Postpone a Confrontation with Stalin 110
Ch. IV The Far East and Two Faces of the Strategy of Delay 139
Ch. V The Tactics of the Potsdam Conference (I) 175
Ch. VI The Tactics of the Potsdam Conference (II) 205
Ch. VII American Diplomacy Takes the Offensive 236
Ch. VIII Conclusions 274
Appendix I A Note on the Historical Debate Over Questions Concerning Truman's 1945 Strategy of Delay 291
Appendix II Excerpts from a 1946 U.S. Intelligence Report 315
Appendix III Stimson's Unsuccessful Attempt to Change the Strategy of Delay Before Leaving Office 317
Appendix IV "Atomic Warfare and the Christian Faith": A Report from the Federal Council of Churches, 1946 321
Appendix V Excerpts from "The Challenge of Peace": National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter on War and Peace, 1983 338
Bibliography of Important Sources 341
Notes 363
Index 394
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2009

    Excellent book that breaks through nationalistic mythologies

    The standard interpretation of the origins of the Cold War argues that the US is a benign power that only acted in response to the efforts of an ultra evil USSR. The reality was quite different as Dr. Alperovitz documents extensively. While I am quite sure that many Americans are very content to remain blissfully ignorant of this topic, a true understanding of the history of that very important period requires multiple perspectives. In this book, you will find out why Dwight D. Eisenhower felt that bombing of Hiroshima was completely unnecessary and the efforts of the United States to construct a post-WWII capitalist world system through interventions, war and threat of war. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2003

    Atomic Baloney: What a Bomb!

    Atomic Diplomacy is an attempt to advance two theories that have less of a basis in reality than the average fairy tale. One holds that the atomic bombing of Japan that ended World War II was a war crime because it was militarily unecessary and only done to intimidate the Soviet Union. The second holds that America was to blame for the Cold War. Source material is consistently butchered in order to support these conclusions. A letter from Truman complaining that he'd rather stay home than go to Potsdam and meet with Stalin is quoted selectively and presented as evidence that the U.S. had no intention of working out any differences before the atomic bomb was 'demonstrated'. If this letter from Truman to his Mother is read in full, it's true meaning is clear: He hated to have to dress up and wear tails. A statement that the atomic bomb would 'allow us to dictate our own terms' is erroneously said to apply to the Soviet Union when it was in fact directed at the Japanese. Distortions such as these run rampant throughout the book and are not mitigated by the academic paraphernalia of footnotes and appendices, which are used to attack the author's critics. The reader is treated to many disclaimers in which Alperovitz hedges his conclusions. These disclaimers are more akin to a product liability sticker than a serious work of scholarship. Let the buyer beware - this book is defective.

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