The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs, and the Defeat of Japanby Wilson D. Miscamble
Pub. Date: 04/11/2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book explores the American use of atomic bombs, and the role these weapons played in the defeat of the Japanese Empire in World War II. It focuses on President Harry S. Truman's decision making regarding this most controversial of all his decisions. The book relies on notable archival research, and the best and most recent scholarship on the subject to fashion
This book explores the American use of atomic bombs, and the role these weapons played in the defeat of the Japanese Empire in World War II. It focuses on President Harry S. Truman's decision making regarding this most controversial of all his decisions. The book relies on notable archival research, and the best and most recent scholarship on the subject to fashion an incisive overview that is fair and forceful in its judgments. This study addresses a subject that has been much debated among historians, and it confronts head-on the highly disputed claim that the Truman administration practiced “atomic diplomacy.” The book goes beyond its central historical analysis to ask whether it was morally right for the United States to use these terrible weapons against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It also provides a balanced evaluation of the relationship between atomic weapons and the origins of the Cold War.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: the most controversial decision; 2. Franklin Roosevelt, the Manhattan project, and the development of the atomic bomb; 3. Harry Truman, Henry Stimson, and atomic briefings; 4. James F. Byrnes, the atomic bomb, and the Pacific war; 5. The Potsdam conference, the trinity test, and 'atomic diplomacy'; 6. Hiroshima, the Japanese, and the Soviets; 7. The Japanese surrender; 8. Necessary, but was it right?; 9. Byrnes, the Soviets, and the American atomic monopoly; 10. The atomic bomb and the origins of the Cold War.
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A concise and meaningful glimpse into an epic moment in our history that intelligently explains why we were compelled to drop the bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even with the book's brevity the reader is still given an interesting picture of President Truman, the politics at that time, and a thoughtful explanation of how the Cold War began. A good book for non-historians.
Anyone know why Arthur Holly Compton wanted to drop the bomb on Japan??? I NEED TO KNOW!!!!!!!! IN FULL DETAIL. its for my social studies class. Reply to val.