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

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780807856079

ISBN10:
080785607X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
2/1/2005
Publisher(s):
UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition ix
Preface xi
A Categorical Choice?
1(6)
The Most Terrible Weapon Ever Known
7(13)
The Prospects for Victory, June 1945
20(15)
Paths to Victory
35(18)
Truman and the Bomb at Potsdam
53(22)
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
75(23)
Hiroshima in History
98(13)
Chronology: Key Events of 1945 Relating to the Pacific War 111(2)
Notes 113(18)
Essay on Sources 131(6)
Index 137


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