AUTHORMerrill, Dennis, Ed.
TITLEDocumentary History of the Truman Presidency, Volume I: The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb on Japan
PUBLISHERUniversity Publications of America
CITYBesthesda, MD

This collection of 70 primary source documents conveys the views of President Harry S. Truman and his administration regarding events and decisions leading to the historic use of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. Written between April 1945 and August 1963, the documents represent some of the most salient and sought after materials from the archives of the Harry S. Truman Library, including letters, diary entries, declassified reports, meeting minutes, and various other facsimiles. Illuminating political, moral, and military dilemmas that surrounded the beginning of the atomic age, the collection provides a record of the war-time thinking of Truman’s White House. Prominent authors and recipients of the documents include Truman, Secretary of War Henry Stimson, and General Leslie R. Groves. Many of the documents contained in the volume are available in electronic format from the website of the Harry S. Truman LIbrary and Museum.

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