EBOOK DOWNLOAD The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb AUTHOR Gar Alperovitz

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The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb characters É 100 Controversial in nature this book demonstrates that the United States did not need to use the atomic bom. In the early 1960s Gar Alperovitz wrote his dissertation that challenged the accepted story surrounding the events of the summer of 1945 and the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan It was obviously very controversial This book published in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the bombings builds on that argument with much new material that was declassified over the intervening yearsThe standard story is that the bombs forced Japan s surrender before an invasion of the home islands by American troops would be necessary It was claimed that invasion would have cost as many as a million American lives and an eual number on the Japanese side Alperovitz points out however that the actual numbers from a military estimate of the time started out at 46000 casualties That s casualties not lives Based on percentages in the Pacific war that would translate to roughly 7000 to 10000 deaths Alperovitz shows how politicians gradually inflated that number over the years to solidify the case for dropping the bombsThere is much evidence in declassified arguments that points toward a Japanese nation ready to surrender before the bombs were dropped The threat of the Soviet Union entering the war that summer is thoroughly examines as is the uestion of clarifying the term unconditional surrender US officials were willing to consider allowing Japan to keep its emperor and that would likely have been a concession that made surrender likely But despite urging from the majority of his advisors Truman followed the advice of Secretary of State James Byrnes and chose not to communicate this to the JapaneseThis is a huge book and I can t possibly summarize all of the arguments here They are very convincing but not totally so Certainly mistakes were made on the part of Truman and his team but Alperovitz s proof that the Japanese were ready to surrender is thin basically relying on one or two intercepted cablesMy image of Harry Truman is definitely shaken by this account but I m not totally won over

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The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb characters É 100 B against Japan Alperovitz criticizes one of the most hotly debated precursory events to the Cold War an. Think you know why we dropped the nukes Think again Our received wisdom doesn t jive with reality Thoroughly researched and probably a bi5 overlong at about 900 pages I m glad I read the digital version as it doesn t show the number of pages or how far you ve progressed Still uestions linger for me why the second bomb why did certain American decision makers think having the bomb could be used to strong arm the Soviets unless we were actually willing to use it on them and how culpable was Hirohito

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The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb characters É 100 Event that was largely responsible for the evolution of post World War II American politics and culture. This book contains all the sources save those lost or deliberately destroyed on the choice to drop the atomic weapons on Japan at the end of World War Two I am enjoying the work very much It is divided into two parts the historical evidence of the choice to drop the bomb and the creation of the official tale of inevitability the popular story that it was either the choice to drop the bombs or the certain slaughter of millions of American troops on the beaches of Japan Both sections are chilling The text is full of thorough documentation and filled with astounding footnotes that document the search for documents and records that have gone missing or have been destroyed One of the most fascinating elements in the first third of the book is the various messages from the Japanese government that were sent to the US government in the waning months of the war Many of these messages were only acknowledged and officially declassified and released by the US government in the 1990 s and they are proof that the Japanese leadership were seeking clarification of the US demands of unconditional surrender It was clear months before the Trinity Test that the United States could have shortened the war by assuring the Japanese government of the security of the Emperor The reasons the American government chose not to do so are various and shocking and they included pressure from the military leadership of the Manhattan Project that wished to use their monstrous creation diplomats who wished to use the bomb as a trump card in the first poker rounds of the Cold War with the Soviets and the reprehensible doctrine of total war The first third of the book reveals many important facts Operation Olympic and Operation Coronet the planned invasions of Japan by ground troops were only plans and were not being talked of as serious possibilities by the Secretary of War the Secretary of State or the military leadership No one seems to have expected to invade Japan and this was not a foregone conclusion The evidence on this point is clear and important Another point is that the demand for unconditional surrender was controversial Many American media outlets including Time and Life magazines and religious periodicals such as The Christian Century uestioned the policy pointed out that it would certainly prolong the war and cause needless death and clear terms for peace ought to be offered to Japan This argument has been so utterly lost and forgotten in so many contemporary discussions of the choice to drop the atomic weapons it is uite refreshing to see them reintroduced to the subject once again Once Truman and his advisors made the choice not to negotiate terms or even to communicate with the Japanese government the military leadership objected to the use of the Bomb This is another vital bit of evidence about the choice to use the weapons that ought to be better known in contemporary discussion Eisenhower Leahy Nimitz MacArthur and even Curtis LeMay were all very clear to the government that the atomic weapons were not a military necessity Leahy objected to the use of the Bomb in the strongest terms prophesying that sins of such wickedness did not go unpunished and insisting that wars must not be fought against women and children Curtis LeMay the heir of Sherman even went as far as to deny the Bomb had anything to do with the surrender of Japan arguing publicly that it was impossible for the Japanese to continue the struggle in any case and that his devastating firebomb strategy had already defeated Japan In conclusion although I have yet to dive into part two this history seems indispensable to me I highly recommend it


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    characters Ø PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Gar Alperovitz Gar Alperovitz ✓ 0 characters review The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb A true scholarly and valuable book with infinite details setting the record straight about why the US dropped atomic bombs on Japan But you really must want to study this topic in depth to deal with all 668 pages of text out of 847 pages in total 178 pages are documentation index etc

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    EBOOK DOWNLOAD The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb AUTHOR Gar Alperovitz characters Ø PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Gar Alperovitz review The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb This book contains all the sources save those lost or deliberately destroyed on the choice to drop the atomic weapons on Japan at the end of World War Two I am enjoying the work very much It is divided into two parts the historical evidence of the choice to drop the bomb and the creation of the official tale of inevitability the popular story that it was either the choice to drop the bombs or the certain sla

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    EBOOK DOWNLOAD The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb AUTHOR Gar Alperovitz Pretty decisive conclusions based on exhaustive documentary research Perhaps not for the casual reader who will find the methodology somewhat burdensome He sometimes misses the forests for the trees his little swipe in the afterword at Marxist momentum theory is a strawman I think but overall it's a book anyone interested in the topic should pick up either for a full read or for reference

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    EBOOK DOWNLOAD The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb AUTHOR Gar Alperovitz Gar Alperovitz ✓ 0 characters This is such a fun readwell not really It's pretty depressing I've been reading and rereading this book since the late 90'sand I still can't decide about the decision to use the atomic bomb Anyone that can say that it was right or wrong with certainty doesn't know the full story and all of its strange details If you read this bookyou'll read

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  • 02 September 2020
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