Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan / Edition 2

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Overview

In this updated edition of his balanced and concise look at the still-controversial decision to use atomic bombs against Japan, Walker takes into account more recent scholarship on the topic, including new findings on the Japanese decision to surrender.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807856079
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 183,475
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.39 (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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Table of Contents


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

Illustrations
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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