Truman's Dilemma: Invasion or The Bomb

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This in-depth look at the circumstances of the Pacific War notes that the Japanese military's willingness to die for their emperor and country created a very different type of warfare.

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Overview

This in-depth look at the circumstances of the Pacific War notes that the Japanese military's willingness to die for their emperor and country created a very different type of warfare.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781589801196
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

A distinguished military graduate of Missouri State University, Paul D. Walker served two tours in Vietnam and went on to a thirty-year career in the armored cavalry division, earning sixteen awards for valor and achievement. He earned master’s degrees in both international relations and public administration from Shippensburg University and taught political science and history at a local university in Salt Lake City. He is a member of the Civil War Round Table, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Purple Heart Society, Vietnam Veterans of America, and American Legion. He has published two additional books on military strategy and history with Pelican: The Cavalry Battle That Saved the Union: Custer vs. Stuart at Gettysburg and Truman’s Dilemma: Invasion or The Bomb. Walker resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Introduction 9
1. Japanese History and Culture 15
2. War in the Pacific 49
3. Iwo Jima and Okinawa 123
4. The Plan to Invade Japan 153
5. The B-29 Superfortress 179
6. The Atomic Bomb 203
7. The Aftermath 245
Bibliography 259
Index 263
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  • Posted January 6, 2009

    Was America Correct in using the Atomic Bomb? Truman's Dilemma asnwers that question with a resounding YES. The book makes a very convincing argument for the president's decision.

    Losses from the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa provided a preview of the massive casualties that were expected from a ground invasion of the Home Islands. Traditional attacks would have been slow, costly and possibly futile in response to Japan's unprecedented determination and self-sacrifice. An innovative solution was called for---the atomic bomb. This decision by the president would be responsible for saving millions of Japanses lives as well as hundreds of thousands of Americans as well. Revisionists have tried to make a case for the bomb being unnecessary, but the facts as Walker lays them out speak for themselves.

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