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Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb

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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)
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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Ronald Toshiyuki Takaki was an American academic, historian, ethnographer and author.
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