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Most Controversial Decision Truman, the Atomic Bombs, and the Defeat of Japan

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ISBN-10: 052173536X

ISBN-13: 9780521735360

Edition: 2011

Authors: Wilson D. Miscamble

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"This book explores the American use of atomic bombs, and the role these weapons played in the defeat of the Japanese Empire in World War II. It focuses on President Harry S. Truman's decision making regarding this most controversial of all his decisions. The book relies on notable archival research, and the best and most recent scholarship on the subject to fashion an incisive overview that is fair and forceful in its judgments. This study addresses a subject that has been much debated among historians, and it confronts head-on the highly disputed claim that the Truman administration practiced atomic diplomacy. The book goes beyond its central historical analysis to ask whether it was morally right for the United States to use these terrible weapons against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It also provides a balanced evaluation of the relationship between atomic weapons and the origins of the Cold War"--
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/11/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Most Controversial Decision
The Manhattan Project, and the Development of the Atomic Bomb
Atomic Briefings
The Atomic Bomb, and the Pacific War
The Potsdam Conference, the Trinity Test, and Atomic Diplomacy
Hiroshima, the Japanese, and the Soviets
The Japanese Surrender
Necessary, But Was It Rights?
Byrnes, the Soviets, and the American Atomic Monopoly
The Atomic Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War
Suggested Readings
Index