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Weapons for victory, the Hiroshima decision fifty years later, Robert James Maddox

Weapons for victory, the Hiroshima decision fifty years later, Robert James Maddox
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-202) and index
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non fiction
Main title
Weapons for victory
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Robert James Maddox
Sub title
the Hiroshima decision fifty years later
On the morning of August 6, 1945, the American B-29 Enola Gay released an atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On August 9 another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Fifty years have passed since these catastrophic events, and the bombings still remain highly controversial. The official justification for using these weapons was that they prevented enormous losses on both sides by avoiding an Allied invasion of Japan. Many diplomatic historians, however, have asserted that the bombings were unnecessary. One extreme argument is that Truman knew the Japanese were ready to surrender but wanted to use the bombs to intimidate the Soviet Union. Robert Maddox examines all these claims in Weapons for Victory as he strives to dispel the many myths that have been accepted as fact. In addition to Maddox's valuable recasting of the circumstances leading to the bombings, he also confronts the proposed Smithsonian Enola Gay exhibit with careful historical analysis
Table Of Contents
The legacy of unconditional surrender -- Taking control -- Consideration of the bomb and preparations for the summit -- Advice and dissent -- Countdown -- Potsdam: nearing Armageddon -- Japan unbowed -- Atom bombs and the end of the war -- A retrospect
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