AUTHORHarwit, Martin
TITLEAn Exhibit Denied: Lobbying the History of the Enola Gay
PUBLISHERCopernicus
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1996
ISBN0-387-94797-3


This book explains the controversy over the cancelled Enola Gay exhibit at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the exhibit concerned the bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Written by the former director of the museum, Harwit, the book includes details about the planning and materials for the exhibit. The author describes how the dispute began with veterans, came to include lobbyists and Congress, and ended with the cancellation of the exhibit and his own resignation as museum director. The author argues that the real losers of the battle were the American people, who were denied the best presentation to date of the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftershocks in America. The soundness of a democracy is dubious, he says, when the national museum cannot inform the people of the truth.


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