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one of the best books that asks the question: was dropping the bomb on hiroshima necessary? what about nagasaki? what ramifications did they have for the world sphere? american war vets will tell you the bomb was dropped to save millions of young american lives, because japan wasn't going to surrender and an invasion of the main island was going to have to happen. other people will tell you the bomb was dropped because it was easy. others will say that it was dropped to show the soviets exactly
A powerful study of the development of the first atomic bomb. Especially strong on the relationships between the scientists, military people, and political figures involved in the process. Thoroughly documented and very readable.
Not a easy book to read but an important one on the history of the atomic bomb, the characters that surrounded the reason to build it and the decision for its use.
A, if not the, classic study of American decision-making leading up to the use of atomic bombs against Japan during World War II. Sherwin's particular strengths are his very balanced tone and the inclusion of the points of view of military, civilian, and scientific leaders. He is also excellent in describing the processes involved.
One of the most important technological breakthroughs of the twentieth century was the development of the atomic bomb. I've read several books that covered this topic from many different angles and it is repeated here. But there is more focus on the controversial decision to use it on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies by Martin J. Sherwin develops the story of the development and then the use of the Bomb with the intent of forcing the Ja...
This is another of the books dealing with the atomic bombing of Japan, but it also relates this to the post-war arms race.Although the book itself is quite good, I'm only going to point out a few things that I found significant.In relation to Secretary of War Stimson and his role:”By March he was convinced that its development raised issues that 'went right down to the bottom facts of human nature, morals and government.'”The book also notes that, unlike some others in the leadership, he “harbo
Over turns some very widely held beliefs about the development of the atom bomb. Einstein's role was minimal; U.S. and British concern about post-war relations with the Soviets was a major factor in the decision to use the bomb; and perhaps most shocking of all is that casualty estimates for an invasion of Japan - often cited as justification for using the bomb against the Japanese - were nowhere near the number of killed by the destruction of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. A must read.
A really wonderful book about the creation and use of the atom bomb. If you are looking for an in depth exploration of the Manhattan Project and it's aftermath in a political, not scientific way, this is the book for you!
I got the impression that the origins of the Cold War could be dated back to as early as 1942, when Roosevelt and Churchill achieved consensus about the Anglo-American nuclear monopoly both during and after the war.
Dispels the notion of discontinuity between Roosevelt and Truman. Instead, Sherwin's very convincing and compelling narrative is one of continuity between the two administrations regarding the development and use of the atomic bomb.
it is very good to read, I read it three times.
Freak show! Half man, half chair, half hilarious! Recommended!