Prompt and Utter Destruction Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs Against Japan

ISBN-10: 080785607X
ISBN-13: 9780807856079
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)
Authors: J. Samuel Walker
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Book details

List price: $27.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In this concise account of why America used atomic bombs against Japan in 1945, J. Samuel Walker analyzes the reasons behind President Truman's most controversial decision. He delineates what was known and not known by American leaders at the time and evaluates the role of U.S.-Soviet relations and American domestic politics. In this new edition, Walker takes into account recent scholarship on the topic, including new information on the Japanese decision to surrender. He has revised the book to place more emphasis on the effect of the Soviet invasion of Manchuria in convincing the emperor and his advisers to quit the war. Rising above an often polemical debate, Walker presents an accessible synthesis of previous work and an important, original contribution to our understanding of the events that ushered in the atomic age.

J. Samuel Walker, historian of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has published six other books on the history of American foreign policy and the history of nuclear energy.

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