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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Walker, J. Samuel.
Prompt and utter destruction.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1997
|Named Person:||Harry S Truman; Harry S Truman|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
J Samuel Walker
|ISBN:||0807823619 9780807823613 0807846627 9780807846629|
|Description:||xiii, 142 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||A categorical choice? --
The most terrible weapon ever known --
The prospects for victory, June 1945 --
Paths to victory --
Truman and the bomb at Potsdam --
Hiroshima and Nagasaki --
Hiroshima in history --
Chronology: key events of 1945 relating to the Pacific war.
|Other Titles:||Prompt & utter destruction|
|Responsibility:||J. Samuel Walker.|
Combining extensive documentary research with a critical reading of both American and Japanese scholarship, Walker examines the popular mythology about how the decision was made, delineating what was known and not known by American leaders at the time and evaluating the role of U.S.-Soviet relations and American domestic politics.
Rising above an often polemical debate, he presents an accessible synthesis of previous work and an important, original contribution to our understanding of the events that ushered in the atomic age.