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Five days in August : how World War II became a nuclear war

Author: Michael D Gordin
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Most Americans believe that the Second World War ended because the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan forced it to surrender. Five Days in August presents a different interpretation: that the military did not clearly understand the atomic bomb's revolutionary strategic potential, that the Allies were almost as stunned by the surrender as the Japanese were by the attack, and that not only had experts planned and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael D Gordin
ISBN: 0691128189 9780691128184
OCLC Number: 70630623
Description: xv, 209 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: List of illustrations --
Acknowledgments --
Chronology --
ch. 1. Endings --
ch. 2. Shock --
ch. 3. Special --
ch. 4. Miracle --
ch. 5. Papacy --
ch. 6. Revolution --
ch. 7. Beginnings --
Coda : On the scholarly literature --
Abbreviations used in notes --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Michael D. Gordin.
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Most Americans believe that the Second World War ended because the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan forced it to surrender. Presenting a different interpretation, this book also details how  Read more...

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