The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb

The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb

by Michael Kort

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231527583
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/10/2007
Series: Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 456
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Michael Kort is professor of social science at Boston University's College of General Studies. He received his B.A. in history from Johns Hopkins University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Russian history from New York University. He is the author of several books on the history of the Soviet Union and the Cold War, including The Soviet Colossus: History and Aftermath (sixth edition, 2006) and The Columbia Guide to the Cold War (1998).
Michael Kort is a professor of social science at Boston University's College of General Studies. He is the author of several books on the Soviet Union and Cold War history including The Handbook of the Former Soviet Union; The Soviet Colossus: History and Aftermath; and The Columbia Guide to the Cold War.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I. Historical Narrative
1. The Debate Over Hiroshima
2. Building the Atomic Bomb
3. The Pacific War
4. The Decision to Drop the Bomb
5. The Japanese Government, Ketsu-Go, and Potsdam
6. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Japan's Surrender
7. Hiroshima and American Power
Part II. Key Questions and Interpretations
Part III. Resources
Chronology
Glossary of Military Terms and Abbreviations
Glossary of Names
Selected Bibliography
Part IV. Documents
Guide to the Documents
A. American Civilian Documents
B. American Military Documents
C. MAGIC Diplomatic Summaries
D. Japanese Government Documents, Military Documents, and Diary Entries
E. Japanese Surrender Documents
F. United States Strategic Bombing Survey: Summary Report and Interrogations of Japanese Officials
G. Statements of Japanese Officials on World War II, Military Intelligence Section, Historical Division, U.S. Army
Notes
Index

What People are Saying About This

Robert Maddox

This splendid volume provides both a comprehensive selection of documents and the author's own incisive analyses of various controversial issues. If I had to recommend just one book on the subject, this would be it.

D.M. Giangreco

With fully 250 pages of well-chosen documents filling its second half, it would have been easy for a book like this to be a challenge to work with. But the cross-referencing between text and document is crafted with such care and precision that the final product is remarkably easy to navigate.

Richard B. Frank

For the scholar, the student, or the interested citizen this work towers above the rest as a superb and even-handed summary of the searing controversy over the end of the Pacific War. But what transforms this into an instant and indispensable classic is the judicious and comprehensive set of original documents. They remove the blinkers of rival interpretations and offer a unique opportunity for a firsthand probe of the realities of 1945.

D. M. Giangreco

With fully 250 pages of well-chosen documents filling its second half, it would have been easy for a book like this to be a challenge to work with. But the cross-referencing between text and document is crafted with such care and precision that the final product is remarkably easy to navigate.

D. M. Giangreco, Moncado Prize-winning author of "Casualty Projections for the U.S. Invasion of Japan, 1945-1946: Planning and Policy Implications"

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