AUTHORNobile, Philip, Ed.
TITLEJudgement at the Smithsonian
PUBLISHERMarlowe and Company
CITYNew York, NY

This book contains the controversial script for the cancelled Enola Gay Smithsonian exhibit of 1995. An introduction describes the censoring of the exhibit, historical revisionism, and criticism of the bomb as more documents have been declassified. The entire original text is presented, but without the exhibit pictures. It is objective, clear, and accessible. The script traces events in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, and at the Manhattan Project, as well as describing life in the United States. The authors describe the production of the B-29 and its destructive bombing campaigns over Japan. One unit discusses the darker aspects of the atomic bombings, including a scientific breakdown of the first second of the bomb’s explosion, the immediate human injuries, the hibakusha (people who experienced the bomb) legacy, firestorms, body counts, radioactive fallout, cancerous effects, and the refusal of the U.S. Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission to immediately treat the suffering. The final unit describes Truman’s cancellation of a third atomic bombing, the Cold War and nuclear arms race, nuclear waste, human experiments, and nuclear disarmament.

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