AUTHORHarper, Stephen
TITLEMiracle of Deliverance: The Case for the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
PUBLISHERStein and Day Publishers
CITYNew York, NY

Within a historical context, this work investigates the motives that lay behind the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and asserts that those motives were justified. It views the situation in the summer of 1945 from the viewpoint of potential invasion of southeast Asia as well as the invasion of the Japan. For thousands of American troops who were part of Operation Zipper and were prepared to fight in what might have been the "bloodiest battle of the war" on Malaya’s Morib beaches, dropping the bomb was the quickest and most efficient manner of forcing Japan to surrender. The author quotes former President Truman, who argued that dropping the bomb was a "merciful abridgement of the slaughter in the East" (preface). The epilogue addresses moral issues surrounding the decision to drop the bomb and gives examples of opposition from leaders such as General Dwight Eisenhower, General Henry Arnold, Admiral Ernest King, and Admiral William Leahy, all of whom believed that there were effective alternatives in coercing Japan to surrender.

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