AUTHORGreene, Bob
TITLEDuty: A Father, His Son, and the Man Who Won the War
PUBLISHERWilliam Morrow and Company
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2000
ISBN0-380-97849-0


This book examines atomic warfare through conversations with two men who lived in the same town: the author's father, and Paul Tibbets, who piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The author’s father serves as a representative of U.S. soldiers drafted in World War II. The author deals with the backlash of American guilt about the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima by including accounts of conversations with Tibbets, stories told to the author by his father, and letters written to him in response to newspaper columns about his meetings with Tibbets. The author emphasizes that Americans who feel guilty about the use of the atomic bombs have forgotten that those actions ended the war and that other options being considered would have been far more costly in lives of American soldiers. Personal accounts and first-hand conversations are used to develop the ideas.


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