The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb

The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb

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Few aspects of American military history have been as vigorously debated as Harry Truman's decision to use atomic bombs against Japan. In this carefully crafted volume, Michael Kort describes the wartime circumstances and thinking that form the context for the decision to use these weapons, surveys the major debates related to that decision, and provides a comprehensive collection of key primary source documents that illuminate the behavior of the United States and Japan during the closing days of World War II. Kort opens with a summary of the debate over Hiroshima as it has evolved since 1945. He then provides a historical overview of thye events in question, beginning with the decision and program to build the atomic bomb. Detailing the sequence of events leading to Japan's surrender, he revisits the decisive battles of the Pacific War and the motivations of American and Japanese leaders. Finally, Kort examines ten key issues in the discussion of Hiroshima and guides readers to relevant primary source documents, scholarly books, and articles.1949a€“1950, Military Intelligence Section, Historical Division, U.S. Army Far East Command (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1975). Documents G1a€“G7 are from Reel 1, Volume 1; Documents G8a€“G9 are from Reel 1, Volume 2; Documents G10a€“G12 ... on Kyushu could be repulsed and that until August 9 he believed Prime Minister Suzuki was determined to fight to the endanbsp;...

Title:The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb
Author:Michael Kort
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2012-06-19


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