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Five Days in August : How World War II Became a Nuclear War.

Author: Michael D Gordin
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : 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 boldly 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael D Gordin
ISBN: 0691168431 9780691168432 0691128189 9780691128184
OCLC Number: 995225624
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (225 pages)
Contents: List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Chronology; CHAPTER 1: Endings; CHAPTER 2: Shock; CHAPTER 3: Special; CHAPTER 4: Miracle; CHAPTER 5: Papacy; CHAPTER 6: Revolution; CHAPTER 7: Beginnings; CODA: On the Scholarly Literature; Abbreviations Used in Notes; Notes; Index.

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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 boldly 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 fully anticipated the need for a third bomb, they were skeptical about whether the atomic bomb would work at all. With these ideas, Michael Gordin reorients the historic.

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"Michael D. Gordin's worthy study concludes that the bomb's uniqueness has inappropriately encouraged Japan's reluctance to recognize and evaluate its war responsibility, and points toward the Read more...

 
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