AUTHORClark, Ian
TITLENuclear Past, Nuclear Present: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Contemporary Strategy
PUBLISHERWestview Press
CITYBoulder, CO

The author of this book explores many questions raised by the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 because he feels they were never adequately addressed. Within a detailed historical context, he discusses the morality, rationality, and management of nuclear weapons and warfare, while arguing that some of the conclusions derived after the bombings which influenced later strategies were misleading. He believes that the decision to use the atomic bomb was not a rational process, that the bombing itself was not well controlled, and that the bombing was not responsible for saving lives, terminating the war, or for a later positive effect on the world balance of power. Therefore, it is a mistake to assume that the possible use of nuclear weapons in warfare would be controlled, would lead to victory, or that decisions to use them would be the result of rational processes. The book contains a good bibliography.

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