AUTHORHam, Paul
TITLEHiroshima Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath
PUBLISHERSt. Martin’s Press
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2011
ISBN978-1250070050


In this controversial history focused on the closing stages of World War II, the author argues that the use of the atomic bomb on Japan was unjustified, having arisen out of a situation where players on both sides of the war could have prevented it. The author puts the blame for the use of the bomb on a variety of factors – on the U.S. for its interest in proving military superiority to the Soviets, and on particular Japanese leaders who showed total disregard for the welfare of Japanese citizens, for instance. The narrative justifies the author's moral outrage through an examination of the actions and beliefs of the major players, including conflicts within the leadership of both Japan and the United States on ending the war. The author also fortifies his case through eye-witness accounts and first-hand perspectives of eighty survivors of atrocities of World War II, from twelve-year-olds forced to work in war factories to wives and children who faced the holocaust alone. Perspectives of the Japanese leaders, the American developers of the weapons, and the originator of the fire bombing attacks on Japanese cities are also represented. The narrative includes a look at aspects of the development of the atomic bomb driven by General Leslie Groves and its delivery by the U.S. Army Air Force led by General Curtis LeMay. The author is a historian who was formerly an Australian correspondent for the London Times.


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