Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb
By (author) Ronald T. Takaki
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Hiroshima by Ronald T. Takaki
Book DescriptionThe 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 the war would soon end. Was the bomb dropped to end the war more quickly? Or did it herald the start of the Cold War? In his probing new study, prizewinning historian Ronald Takaki explores these factors and more. He considers the cultural context of race - the ways in which stereotypes of the Japanese influenced public opinion and policymakers - and also probes the human dimension. Relying on top secret military reports, diaries, and personal letters, Takaki relates international policies to the individuals involved: Los Alamos director J. Robert Oppenheimer, Secretary of State James Byrnes, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, and others... but above all, Harry Truman.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780316831222
(216mm x 146mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Little, Brown and Company
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ronald T. Takaki
Different Mirror For Young People, Paperback (November 2012)
Focusing on a variety of groups-Jews, Chinese, Japanese, Africans, Irish, Mexicans, Afghans, Vietnamese, and more-this volume tells America's story through the millions of people who came here seeking the opportunity.
Different Mirror, Paperback (January 2009)
This new edition of A Different Mirror is a remarkable achievement that grapples with the raw truth of American history and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an American.
Debating Diversity, Paperback (March 2002)
This work debates diverse points of view on race and ethnicity in the US. It addresses questions such as: how do the experiences of racial minorities in the US compare?; is "race" the same as "ethnicity"?; and how has culture shaped race and ethnic relations?
Iron Cages, Paperback (May 2000)» View all books by Ronald T. Takaki
"Iron Cages" provides a comparative analysis of white attitudes toward Asians, Blacks, Mexicans and Native Americans in the 19th century, offering a cohesive study of the foundations of race and culture in America.
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