Hiroshima in History: The Myths of Revisionism

Hiroshima in History: The Myths of Revisionism

by Robert James Maddox
     
 

When President Harry Truman authorized the use of atomic weapons against Japan, he did so to end a bloody war that would have been bloodier still had the planned invasion of Japan proved necessary. Revisionists claim that Truman’s real interest was a power play with the Soviet Union and that the Japanese would have surrendered even earlier had the retention

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When President Harry Truman authorized the use of atomic weapons against Japan, he did so to end a bloody war that would have been bloodier still had the planned invasion of Japan proved necessary. Revisionists claim that Truman’s real interest was a power play with the Soviet Union and that the Japanese would have surrendered even earlier had the retention of their imperial system been assured. Truman wanted the war to continue, they insist, in order to show off America’s powerful new weapon. This anthology exposes revisionist fallacies about Truman’s motives, the cost of an invasion, and the question of Japan’s surrender. Essays by prominent military and diplomatic historians reveal the hollowness of revisionist claims, exposing the degree to which these agenda-driven scholars have manipulated the historical record to support their contentions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826217325
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Edition description:
table, index
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Gar Alperovitz: Godfather of Hiroshima Revisionism Robert James Maddox 7

The Shock of the Atomic Bomb and Japan's Decision to Surrender—A Reconsideration Sadao Asada 24

Intelligence Forecasting for the Invasion of Japan: Previews of Hell Edward J. Drea 59

"A Score of Bloody Okinawas and Iwo Jimas": President Truman and Casualty Estimates for the Invasion of Japan D. M. Giangreco 76

Half a Million Purple Hearts D. M. Giangreco Kathryn Moore 116

Advocacy or Assessment? The United States Strategic Bombing Survey of Germany and Japan Gian Peri Gentile 120

Hiroshima and the Trashing of Henry Stimson Robert P. Newman 146

Enola Gay at Air and Space: Anonymity, Hypocrisy, Ignorance Robert P. Newman 171

Racing the Enemy: A Critical Look Michael Kort 190

About the Contributors 199

Index 203

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