AUTHORBird, Kai / Lifschultz, Lawrence, Eds.
TITLEHiroshima's Shadow: Writings of the Denial of History and the Smithsonian Controversy
PUBLISHERThe Pamphleteer's Press
CITYStony Creek, CT

Combining primary documents with essays, this anthology offers profound insight into the place of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the American conscience. The authors include six Nobel Prize recipients. Many of the articles reevaluate Truman’s post-war explanations of strategy and just cause from a revisionist perspective. The book includes research for the 1995 Smithsonian exhibit on the Enola Gay, cancelled due to pressure from veterans groups and Congress. Joseph Rotblat, the only scientist to leave the Manhattan Project, recounts meeting with General Groves after Germany’s surrender, and writes that Groves told him the real purpose of the bomb was to scare the Soviets. The book describes the early disapproval of the bomb voiced by Catholics and Protestants, and includes the dissent of independent thinkers including Mahatma Gandhi, and a number of Japanese authors. Published for the first time is the July 17 petition signed by 155 bomb scientists urging the president not to drop the bomb. Other documents include Einstein’s “The Peril of Universal Death” and the Forrestal diary chronicling Japan’s efforts to negotiate surrender.

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