The American decision to drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 was one of the most controversial events of the twentieth century. Yet, as this new history shows, the first atom bomb was not just an American invention. The race to create and deploy the atom bomb was international, and the consequences of that race are carried by the whole world to this day.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)|
Table of Contents
List of Plates xi
Introduction: The World's Bomb 1
1 The World's Atom 7
2 Great Britain: Refugees, Air Power, and the Possibility of the Bomb 31
3 Japan and Germany: Paths not Taken 59
4 The United States I: Imagining and Building the Bomb 88
5 The United States II: Using the Bomb 127
6 Japan: The Atomic Bombs and War's End 177
7 The Soviet Union: The Bomb and the Cold War 228
8 The World's Bomb 270
Epilogue: Nightmares and Hopes 304
Bibliographical Essay 340
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a sophomore in high school and I read this book for a english project. When I first choose this book to read it I really thought I would not enjoy reading it at all because this book is very different from the kind of books that I usually read. This book is very informative and has a LOT of information. The book gives information to not only the dropping of the bomb but also about the Cold War, the building of the bomb, the science behind the bomb, background on the war, and more. The information was very helpful with writing my report however the tons of information could be too much at times. When reading the book there would be a lot of information that didn't relate to the dropping of the bomb or to my project. So at times the excess information was a lot. One thing that did disappoint me about the book was that there were no personal stories about survivors of the bombing, I was really hoping there would be survivor stories. In conclusion this was a very good and informative book that really gives the reader insight to the Hiroshima bombing and WWII. But keep in mind that this book would probably not be best for a light read or if you aren't into history.
I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my project. In my opinion, this book has way to much information, and it is not really answering the questions that I had to answer for my project. Different people have different styles and tastes, but for me, this is definitly not a book i enjoyed. If you are the type of person that loves to read about random historical facts about World War 2, then I would strongly recommend this book. I was kind of falling asleep by reading it a few times; its over 345 pages! I was able to answer a few of my questions, but it did not necessarily give me the help the i was hoping for.It shows you how the bomb works and how to create it and a bunch of scientific things that are irrelavent to my questions. I would recommend the book overall if you have any questions concerning the bomb and the history before and after the war. I personally did not enjoy it. Although it has much information about the bomb itself, its unnecessary. The book itself was alight.