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5.0 out of 5 stars BOOM! It didn't have to happen
There is a lot of mythology surrounded the atomic bomb attacks on Japan in 1945, and they tend to cover up the real reasons and what really happened. This book is an unfolding detective drama about the behind the scenes calculations, cover ups of a film about the attacks -- and it's not particularly pretty. A good companion piece to Oliver Stone's superb "Untold History...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating subject, lack of focus
The book starts off promising an insightful and emphatic account of two men's struggle to free a crucial account of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing. Unfortunately, then the author places himself in the account and can't resist the temptation of some journalistic boastfulness at his own successes and professional achievements made on the back of the experiences of his...
Published 2 months ago by Jeanne M.


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5.0 out of 5 stars BOOM! It didn't have to happen, August 11, 2013
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This review is from: ATOMIC COVER-UP: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made (Kindle Edition)
There is a lot of mythology surrounded the atomic bomb attacks on Japan in 1945, and they tend to cover up the real reasons and what really happened. This book is an unfolding detective drama about the behind the scenes calculations, cover ups of a film about the attacks -- and it's not particularly pretty. A good companion piece to Oliver Stone's superb "Untold History of the United States". Things aren't always as they seem, and even "good guy" governments, like ours, do some dastardly things. And still do, and might. Knowledge and skepticism are powerful things to have in a democracy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating subject, lack of focus, August 31, 2014
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This review is from: ATOMIC COVER-UP: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made (Kindle Edition)
The book starts off promising an insightful and emphatic account of two men's struggle to free a crucial account of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing. Unfortunately, then the author places himself in the account and can't resist the temptation of some journalistic boastfulness at his own successes and professional achievements made on the back of the experiences of his subject matter. This severely detracts from the focus of the account. If he had rather engaged with the 'cover-up' in the title a little more instead of merely recounting his own (sponsored) travels to the atomic cities and how he was the first or only person to do any number of atom bomb-related things, this book would have added infinitely more to the collective history of the bombings. Punting his other works in the book also didn't add to the reading pleasure. Altogether an interesting book, but ultimately disappointing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Everyone, October 5, 2013
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This is one of the very important documents to surface from the vaults of our government that will make you pause and question the ethics of very important persons. Does the end really juistify the means?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 7, 2014
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Well-documented with extensive bibliography. When will the government release couple of miles of footage?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fair, excellent, accurate, June 12, 2014
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Arash Rahi (New York, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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History is written by those who win.... sadly, Truman is no better than Hitler in committing war crimes. Thanks you for opening our eyes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Release the Footage, September 4, 2012
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This review is from: ATOMIC COVER-UP: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made (Kindle Edition)
Mitchell has done America a service by documenting the history of the suppression and discovery of intimate color footage taken after the blasts, revealing the horror and consequences of our actions in a way this country has never fully come to grips with. It's impossible to have the "debate" over the utility of Truman's decision (assuming he was even involved in the second one, which may have been dropped automatically) without understanding the human dimension of the decision.

The sanitized narrative put forth by our leaders and their compliant press corps (resulting in the one b/w image familiar to us, and the 1947 Hollywood movie The Beginning or the End) is exploded by the real-time footage Mitchell writes about here, and the people who put it all together.

Let's get that footage out there and have a real debate.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ATOMIC COVER-UP – A GRAT CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF WW2, October 4, 2013
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I found Atomic Cover-up a very interesting book. To me it shows that during wars, crimes are committed by all sides, and that was certainly true during WW2. The bombing of civilian populations in Japan and Germany, killing hundreds of thousands if not millions of people, mostly women and children, were war crimes of a most serious nature, surpassed only by the use of atomic weapons against Japanese cities. And since the second World War, the US have been involved in every war, and the wars against Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq are based on very questionable motives. I would have given the book five stars, but the writing style is somewhat on the dry side.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener, February 21, 2013
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This short tome is a great insight into one of America's darker chapters, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Yes, the Japanese committed many war crimes from the Rape of Nanking to the Bataan Death March, but it in no way excuses our actions. I agree with the premise of the book that the Cold War would have been very different if Americans had seen what we'd done to the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

My only complaint is that there were no pictures, nor where to see the color footage. You can easily find it on YouTube by searching for Hiroshima victims. They are graphic and heart wrenching.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ for all people around the globe!, March 20, 2012
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This review is from: ATOMIC COVER-UP: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made (Kindle Edition)
I'm not the type of person that discusses government/political issues but since I have been to Hiroshima 6 times and Nagasaki once and experienced the TRUTH about what happened when two atomic bombs were inflicted upon cities of women, children and the elderly; it's time everyone take a long look at the decisions that our governmment and leaders make.

Open your eyes and read the truth that was swept under the rug for decades!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time., July 6, 2014
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This review is from: ATOMIC COVER-UP: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made (Kindle Edition)
Greg Mitchel has given us an excellent look at what the two atomic bombs did to people. This subject has been minumized incthe past.
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