AUTHORFussell, Paul
CHAPTER TITLEThank God for the Atom Bomb
PAGE NUMBERS13-52
BOOK EDITORn/a
BOOK TITLEThank God for the Atom Bomb and Other Essays
PUBLISHERSummit Books
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1988
ISBN0-671-63866-1


This set of essays, “Thank God for the Atom Bomb,” “An Exchange of Views,” and “Postscript (1987) on Japanese Skulls,” deals primarily with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They comprise the first three chapters of Paul Fussell’s book of essays. The first essay explains from a soldier’s point of view why using the atomic bomb was a good thing, although a tragedy. The exchange of views in the second chapter is between Fussell and Michael Walzer, who believes that the atomic bombs should never have been used. The third essay, which has very little to do with atomic bombs, explains how Japanese skulls were used as souvenirs by American soldiers in the Pacific. While the chapters tend to be controversial, they provide an interesting twist to a supposedly familiar history.


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