Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Hiroshima, Nagasaki

The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath

Book - 2014
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A comprehensive history drawn from eyewitness accounts challenges the belief that the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought the war in the Pacific to an end, arguing that the bombings were unnecessary to the war's outcome, especially because they cost tens of thousands of human lives. By the author of Kokoda.

McMillan Palgrave

In this harrowing history of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, Paul Ham argues against the use of nuclear weapons, drawing on extensive research and hundreds of interviews to prove that the bombings had little impact on the eventual outcome of the Pacific War. More than 100,000 people were killed instantly by the atomic bombs, mostly women, children, and the elderly. Many hundreds of thousands more succumbed to their horrific injuries later, or slowly perished of radiation-related sickness.

Yet American leaders claimed the bombs were "our least abhorrent choice"—and still today most people believe they ended the Pacific War and saved millions of American and Japanese lives. In this gripping narrative, Ham demonstrates convincingly that misunderstandings and nationalist fury on both sides led to the use of the bombs. Ham also gives powerful witness to its destruction through the eyes of eighty survivors, from twelve-year-olds forced to work in war factories to wives and children who faced the holocaust alone.

Hiroshima Nagasaki presents the grisly unadorned truth about the bombings, blurred for so long by postwar propaganda, and transforms our understanding of one of the defining events of the twentieth century.

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Examines the history of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, arguing that it had little impact on the eventual outcome of war in the Pacific.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781250047113
Branch Call Number: 940.54252 HAM
Characteristics: ix, 629 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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Mar 21, 2015

Have to fully agree with the commenter john_doh below, both governments were grieveously at fault, and as always, the innocents paid with their lives, either immediately or eventually.

Nov 30, 2014

The depravity of Japan's leaders was matched by those of America's leaders. America was willing to burn people to death (non combatant) and Japan was willing to let them do it to "save face". Depravity seems to be an enduring trait of humanity based on the number of psychos that are still leaders around the world. The book makes a good case that we didn't need to drop the bomb as Japan was pretty much already defeated. The argument that it saved American lives is pretty well debunked. It may have saved more Japanese lives, but only under the acceptance that unconditional surrender was the only acceptable resolution of the war. The only thing that changed was our willingness to accept surrender terms, yet still declare we had obtained unconditional surrender.


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Nov 30, 2014

I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. Quote of Eisenhower from his discussion with Secratary of Wat Stimson. Pages 483

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