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Hiroshima, Nagasaki

The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath

Ham, Paul

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Hiroshima, Nagasaki
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In this harrowing history of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, Paul Ham argues against the use of nuclear weapons, drawing on extensive research and hundreds of interviews to prove that the bombings had little impact on the eventual outcome of the Pacific War.
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press,, [2014]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250047113
1250047110
Branch Call Number: 940.542521 HAM
Characteristics: ix, 629 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Nov 30, 2014
  • john_doh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The depravity of Japan's leaders was matched by those of America's leaders. America was willing to burn people to death (non combatant) and Japan was willing to let them do it to "save face". Depravity seems to be an enduring trait of humanity based on the number of psychos that are still leaders around the world. The book makes a good case that we didn't need to drop the bomb as Japan was pretty much already defeated. The argument that it saved American lives is pretty well debunked. It may have saved more Japanese lives, but only under the acceptance that unconditional surrender was the only acceptable resolution of the war. The only thing that changed was our willingness to accept surrender terms, yet still declare we had obtained unconditional surrender.

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Nov 30, 2014
  • john_doh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. Quote of Eisenhower from his discussion with Secratary of Wat Stimson. Pages 483

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