AUTHORKort, Michael
TITLEThe Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb
PUBLISHERColumbia University Press
CITYNew York, NY

This book contains a substantial collection of primary source documents to support its impartial examination of the decision to use atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II. The author’s intent is to provide the materials necessary for the public to understand and participate in the debate. The book's first section is a historical narrative of the Hiroshima debate, which includes the events that prompted and surrounded the Manhattan Project, an illustration of the fear of the Nazi menace, an overview of the Pacific War, and discussion of atomic warfare in the vein of American foreign policy in the Cold War and post-Cold War eras. The second section explores ten relevant questions and interpretation regarding the use of atomic bombs in World War II. Reference materials make up the third section – a chronology of events, a glossary of military terms and one of key names, and a bibliography. The final section houses primary sources in seven different groups, ranging from American military documents to Japanese surrender documents, and including Hiroshima testimony and key evidence on which it is based. The author of the book is a scholar in the fields of history and social science.

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