Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb” as Want to Read:
Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  113 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The bombing of Hiroshima was one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century, yet this controversial question remains unresolved. At the time, General Dwight Eisenhower, General Douglas MacArthur, and chief of staff Admiral William Leahy all agreed that an atomic attack on Japanese cities was unnecessary. All of them believed that Japan had already been beaten and that ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Back Bay Books (first published 1995)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Hiroshima, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Hiroshima

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Tom Darrow
Jun 03, 2013 Tom Darrow rated it really liked it
A very well-researched and concise coverage of the decision-making process that went into using the atomic bomb. The author spends the first section going through in a more chronological style from the inception of the bomb through its use. In the later chapters, he takes a topical approach on reasons why the bomb was used. He debunks the idea that using the bomb would have saved hundreds of thousands of American's lives and that the Japanese were not willing to surrender. Instead, he focuses on ...more
Ted
May 06, 2016 Ted rated it really liked it
An insightful read to understanding why the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan. It is interesting to note that America's military leaders - Marshall, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Spaatz, Leahy and the Secretary of War, Stimson, all either had reservations about using these bombs or argued that dropping these bombs were unnecessary, Japan was a defeated nation. MacArthur had even proposed a delay in invading Japan since he felt surrender was inevitable. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral ...more
Andy Marton
Feb 26, 2015 Andy Marton rated it liked it
Takaki presents an interesting all-around presentation of the circumstances surrounding the U.S.'s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He goes much further than just analyzing policy decisions and the work of Oppenheimer and the men in the Manhattan Project. Takaki anaylzes the role of race relations, Truman's inferiority problems, and the severe intensity of the war.

However, "Hiroshima"'s main drawback is that Takaki provides little actual analysis or flavor to Hiroshima
...more
Becky
Sep 08, 2009 Becky rated it it was amazing
Takaki pushes me out of my little fiction cocoon. I'm "studying" WWII in hopes of designing a unit for my sophomores... this book is so readable... Takaki not only compiles fascinating quotes from love letters, diaries, interviews and editorials, but he also explains how race and gender were factors that explain Truman's ultimate decision to drop the first bomb on Hiroshima. 150 pages worth reading.
Swiftfire
Mar 29, 2011 Swiftfire rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Essay writers on the subject and non-fiction lovers
Recommended to Swiftfire by: My MUSH teacher
I read this book for my Modern US History class. I'm not exactly usually a fan of non-fiction, but I found this book to be a very interesting read. The author had many great sources and helpful quotes which he used to explain the background behind the bombing of Hiroshima. Not a book I would normally read in my free time, but I'm definitely glad I did.
Pepper
Jan 23, 2014 Pepper rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book. Full of primary source references and well written. I'm not much on non fiction but well worth the time.
Alexis
Alexis rated it really liked it
Aug 10, 2016
Steven
Steven rated it really liked it
Dec 13, 2014
Hal Johnson
Hal Johnson rated it liked it
Nov 22, 2016
Jose Manuel
Jose Manuel rated it it was amazing
Jan 05, 2011
Brian
Brian rated it liked it
Jan 13, 2011
Daniela
Daniela rated it really liked it
Jun 16, 2014
Emily
Emily rated it really liked it
Jul 22, 2014
Brendan  McAuliffe
Dec 17, 2009 Brendan McAuliffe rated it did not like it
Becasue they're JUST MEAN !
Chalen Kelly
Chalen Kelly rated it really liked it
Jul 02, 2008
Gavin
Gavin rated it it was amazing
Sep 18, 2013
Meghann
Meghann rated it really liked it
May 24, 2014
Mikhail
Mikhail rated it it was amazing
Jul 27, 2016
Mandy
Mandy rated it really liked it
Aug 19, 2008
Suzanne
Suzanne rated it it was ok
Aug 02, 2012
Amanda Poon
Amanda Poon rated it liked it
Feb 23, 2016
James Hoffman
James Hoffman rated it really liked it
Jun 25, 2015
Karen
Karen rated it really liked it
Jul 22, 2011
Justin Riley
Justin Riley rated it liked it
Jul 10, 2012
John Silk
John Silk rated it really liked it
Mar 04, 2016
Susan Jackson
Susan Jackson rated it really liked it
Mar 23, 2015
Nick Hadley
Nick Hadley rated it it was amazing
Feb 25, 2014
Pete
Pete rated it really liked it
Dec 13, 2008
Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson rated it liked it
Jun 02, 2014
Frank Sanger
Frank Sanger rated it it was amazing
Aug 20, 2012
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb
  • A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai: Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb
  • Hiroshima Dreams
  • Bells of Nagasaki (Japan's Modern Writers)
  • Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl
  • The Gift of Good Land: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural
  • Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora
  • Smoke and Mirrors : An Experience of China
  • Hapa Girl: A Memoir
  • Body Brokers: Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Four: Out of the Ashes
  • Working IX to V: Orgy Planners, Funeral Clowns, and Other Prized Professions of the Ancient World
  • Letters from a Lost Generation: First World War Letters of Vera Brittain and Four Friends
  • Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilization
  • Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China
  • Doctors: The Biography of Medicine
  • When the Rainbow Goddess Wept
  • The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity
21112
Ronald Toshiyuki Takaki was an American academic, historian, ethnographer and author.
More about Ronald Takaki...

Share This Book