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The most controversial decision
Wilson D. Miscamble

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The most controversial decision
Truman, the atomic bombs, and the defeat of Japan
Wilson D. Miscamble

Published 2011 by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"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"--Provided by publisher.

Table of Contents

Introduction: the most controversial decision
Franklin Roosevelt, the Manhattan Project, and the development of the atomic bomb
Harry Truman, Henry Stimson, and atomic briefings
James F. Byrnes, 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 right?
Byrnes, the Soviets, and the American atomic monopoly
The atomic bomb and the origins of the Cold War.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

The Cambridge essential histories


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
D767.25.H6 M47 2011

The Physical Object

xii, 174 p. :
Number of pages

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Internet Archive
0521514193, 052173536X
9780521514194, 9780521735360
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