Give Me Liberty!: An American History / Edition 3

Give Me Liberty!: An American History / Edition 3

by Eric Foner
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ISBN-10:
0393911918
ISBN-13:
9780393911916
Pub. Date:
08/09/2011
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The coverage of many historical events in this chapter have an absurd slant. While I do consider myself a progressive, I still care about the actual history being correctly portrayed. I particularly had a problem with the depiction of America's "cruelty" in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Important information is intentionally left out in order to make the reader sympathize with non-Americans. For example, in the actual manuscript, the predicted death toll (had the U.S. not dropped the bomb) was 250,000-1,000,000. This book has it as being "as many as 250,000 American lives." This extremely important information is left out, and creates a very obviously intentional informational bias. This is upsetting as it incorrectly portrays a very important part of history, and invalidates an instrumental fact in the justification of the use of nuclear weaponry, simplifying it down in order to dilute the actual facts. The book portrays Japan as being "near surrender" when in reality at the time their land army was as strong as ever with no evidence of surrendering any time soon. There is no coverage of Operation Downfall, which had, in large part, +1,000,000 man projected casualties, which are important to bring to light given that they are a crucial point in the debate over the bombing controversy. It is also interestingly left out of the book that Hiroshima was an important army depot and embarkation point for the Japanese army. So why does Foner portray Hiroshima as a harmless civilian city? The wording used, such as "Truman did not hesitate. The bomb was a weapon, and weapons are created to be used" is so completely baseless and entirely an appeal to emotion. There was much deliberation over the bombs usage, and this portrayal is laughably inaccurate. The fact that many of these important parts of the historical events are left out is truly absurd, and disappointing that such important aspects of this event are left out of what is supposed to be an unbiased account of history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author issues so many vague generalities, you'd think it was an elementary school textbook. Honestly, page after page of passive sentences-tough to see what anyone would learn from the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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cloudyCA More than 1 year ago
Got the book for History 12 college class. It was a great supplement to the in class lectures. It gave a different perspective on historic events.