The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

by Dennis D. Wainstock
     
 

This book is a balanced account of the political, diplomatic, and military currents that influenced Japan's attempts to surrender and the United States's decision to drop the atomic bombs. Based on extensive research in both the United States and Japan, this book allows the reader to follow the parallel decision-making in Tokyo and Washington that contributed to

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This book is a balanced account of the political, diplomatic, and military currents that influenced Japan's attempts to surrender and the United States's decision to drop the atomic bombs. Based on extensive research in both the United States and Japan, this book allows the reader to follow the parallel decision-making in Tokyo and Washington that contributed to lost opportunities that might have allowed a less brutal conclusion to the war. Topics discussed and analyzed include Japan's desperate military situation; its decision to look to the Soviet Union to mediate the conflict; the Manhattan Project; the debates within Truman's Administration and the armed forces as to whether to modify unconditional surrender terms to include retention of Emperor Hirohito and whether to plan for the invasion of Japan's home islands or to rely instead on blockade and bombing to force the surrender.

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A general history of the Japan's attempts to surrender and the US decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, concentrating on the last five months of World War II, April to August 1945. Focuses primarily on the political aspects, but also touches on military, economic, and cultural dimensions. Among the issues raised are the US government's decision on which advice to follow, the role of the Soviet Union in Japanese expectations and the US decision, and whether the primary reasons for dropping the bomb were military. Distributed in the US by Greenwood. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275954758
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.64(d)
Lexile:
1520L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

DENNIS D. WAINSTOCK is an Associate Professor of History at Salem-Teikyo University in Salem, West Virginia. He is the author of The Turning Point: The 1968 Presidential Campaign.

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