AUTHORBernstein, B. J., Ed.
TITLEThe Atomic Bomb: The Critical Issues
PUBLISHERLittle, Brown and Company
CITYBoston, MA
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This book incorporates important documents related to the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the consequences of the detonations. Essays like Henry Stimson’s "The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb" are included to show how many government officials defended the administration, while documents such as "The Franck Committee Report" reveal the opposition that existed among concerned scientists like Niels Bohr, Leo Szilard, and James Franck. The second and third sections of the book contain articles that discuss the reasons for the use of the bomb and the need for it. Finally, scholars including Adam Ulam, Barton Bernstein, and Dwight MacDonald explore topics such as atomic diplomacy, the moral significance of Hiroshima, and the Cold War. A bibliography of suggestions for further reading is included.

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