AUTHORO'Reilly, Charles T. / Rooney, William A.
TITLEThe Enola Gay and the Smithsonian Institution
PUBLISHERMcFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
CITYJefferson, NC
DATE PUBLISHED2005
ISBN0-7864-2008-1


This book addresses the controversy over the planned 1995 Enola Gay exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. It discusses such issues as the moral implications of the bombing of Hiroshima and the controversy over the casualty estimates of an invasion of Japan. The book also attempts to answer questions such as the following: was Japan ready to surrender before the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? was the demand for the unconditional surrender of the Japanese necessary? and was Germany an original target for the atomic bomb? The book includes varying viewpoints, including those of people involved in the production of the exhibit, World War II veterans, and professional historians. The authors, both World War II veterans, use as the basis for much of their analysis the original, lengthy script of the planned exhibit produced by the Smithsonian, The Crossroads, which, in their view, contains a flawed version of historical facts. Three appendices, extensive end notes, and a bibliography augment the text.


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