The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

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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 ...

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Overview

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275954758
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Pages: 192
  • Lexile: 1520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

DENNIS D. WAINSTOCK is an Associate Professor of History at Salem-Teikyo University in Salem, West Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Japan's Desperate Military Situation, April to July 1945 1
1 Japan's Peace Moves: Tojo and Koiso Cabinets 15
2 Truman and the A-Bombs 35
3 Ending the War: The American Point of View 49
4 The Potsdam Conference 59
5 The Atomic Bombings 81
6 The First Imperial Decision 95
7 The Second Imperial Decision and Its Aftermath 107
8 Recapitulation and Analysis 121
Notes 133
Selected Bibliography 167
Index 175
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