AUTHORNewman, Robert P.
TITLEEnola Gay and the Court of History
PUBLISHERPeter Lang Publishing, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY

This book explains what the author believes is the correct history behind President Harry Truman’s decision to use atomic bombs against Japan and the bombing’s effect on ending World War II. The author, a historian, begins by describing and augmenting Truman’s official version of why the bombing was necessary. He follows that by describing the United States Strategic Bombing Survey’s (USSBS) conclusion, written by Paul Nitze, that the atomic bombing of Japan did not influence the Japanese decision to surrender. The author argues that Nitze’s report was heavily flawed and that the little evidence that it relied upon was misinterpreted. He also describes the accounts offered by Secretary of War Henry Stimson and physicist and activist Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, and he ties the accounts in with the controversial National Air and Space Museum’s 1995 exhibit of the Enola Gay airplane. He concludes that Truman and Stimson were correct in their claims but were not good advocates for their versions of the facts.

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