Hiroshima in America: A Half Century of Denial
A half century after the bombing of Hiroshima, two distinguished writers look at the impact of the use of the A-bomb, and the supression of debate, on American life. Lifton and Mitchell question why Hiroshima still touches such a raw nerve, and explore the distortion and supression of information about the use of the bomb.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Quill
(first published 1995)
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Superb examination of the complex history of America's development of atomic weapons and the decision ultimately to use them. The authors' premise may be difficult for some readers to accept because it runs counter to some commonly held beliefs, but Lifton and co-author Greg Mitchell present a convincing case.
I am glad that I discovered this 1995 book 15 years late. If I had read it in 1995, I might have become discouraged about other World War II-era atomic history books, and never read them. The author is certainly very much in the camp with those who think we should not have dropped the atomic bombs on Japan in 1945. But, all in all, I'm glad that I finally stumbled upon this book. It was an uneven read, mostly I think because of the constant editorializing. But no library about atomic energy or n...more
This informative book examines how the government molded public opinion just prior to and after dropping the atomic bombs on Japanese cities. The authors discuss the possible myth that millions of lives would be saved by utilizing the bomb, as well as how reporters and doctors were only able to report on "accessible" areas of the explosion. The authors also look at the effect the bomb has had on the generation of Americans that followed its use. I found this really interesting.
Robert Jay Lifton is an American psychiatrist and author, chiefly known for his studies of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence and for his theory of thought reform. He was an early proponent of the techniques of psychohistory.More about Robert Jay Lifton...