Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan

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"More than fifty years later, the decision that brought prompt and utter destruction to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki continues to generate enormous interest and controversy. In this concise and balanced account, J. Samuel Walker offers a new look at the events and circumstances that lay behind President Truman's use of atomic bombs against Japan." Combining extensive documentary research with a critical reading of both American and Japanese scholarship, Walker examines the popular mythology about how the decision was made, delineating ...
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Overview

"More than fifty years later, the decision that brought prompt and utter destruction to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki continues to generate enormous interest and controversy. In this concise and balanced account, J. Samuel Walker offers a new look at the events and circumstances that lay behind President Truman's use of atomic bombs against Japan." Combining extensive documentary research with a critical reading of both American and Japanese scholarship, Walker examines the popular mythology about how the decision was made, delineating what was known and not known by American leaders at the time and evaluating the role of U.S.-Soviet relations and American domestic politics. Rising above an often polemical debate, he presents an accessible synthesis of previous work and an important, original contribution to our understanding of the events that ushered in the atomic age.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807846629
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Samuel Walker, historian of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has published six other books on the history of American foreign policy and the history of nuclear energy.
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Contents

Preface Chapter 1. A Categorical Choice?
Chapter 2. The Most Terrible Weapon Ever Known Chapter 3. The Prospects for Victory, June 1945
Chapter 4. Paths to Victory Chapter 5. Truman and the Bomb at Potsdam Chapter 6. Hiroshima and Nagasaki Chapter 7. Hiroshima in History Chronology: Key Events of 1945 Relating to the Pacific War Notes Essay on Sources

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1. Marshall and Stimson, January 1942
2. Damage to Tokyo from firebombing
3. Japanese kamikaze attack off Okinawa
4. Truman, Byrnes, and Leahy en route to Potsdam
5. Test explosion of atomic bomb, July 16, 1945
6. Churchill, Truman, and Stalin at Potsdam
7. Hiroshima after the atomic attack
8. Nagasaki before and after the atomic bomb
9. Editorial cartoon, "The Fellow Who Lighted the Fuse"

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