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Atomic Tragedy: Henry L. Stimson and the Decision to Use the Bomb Against Japan 1St Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0801446542
ISBN-10: 0801446546
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"It is necessary to have this book now, just as we embark on yet another spasm of atomic expansion. Atomic Tragedy is a book to be reckoned with; it tells the reader about all the conflicting pressures on Henry L. Stimson and fits him in perfectly to his times and to ours. No one can come away from this book without a deep appreciation of the real meaning of Stimson's all-too-human struggles."--Lloyd C. Gardner, Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History, Rutgers University

"Atomic Tragedy is an incisive analysis replete with sparkling details and shocking, newly discovered photographs of the immediate aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Sean L. Malloy takes the pioneering work of Barton Bernstein and Gar Alperovitz to the next level in a nuanced history that concisely summarizes and ultimately transcends the existing scholarship."--Elizabeth Borgwardt, author of "A New Deal for the World: America's Vision for Human Rights"

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Sean L. Malloy is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California, Merced.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1St Edition edition (May 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801446546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801446542
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sean L. Malloy is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Merced. His publications have focused on the intersection between science, morality, and policy making in times of war. He is currently at work on a study of the internationalism of the Black Panther Party.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael mumford on May 6, 2015
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7 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Hiroshi Maruta on November 27, 2008
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This book tells us the very tragedy of a so human scholar from Harvard, Henry Stimson, who happened to serve as the Secretary for War towards the end of Pacific War (WWII), and eventually was forced by the "cheap" president Harry Truman, his surroundings (in particular James Byrnes, Secretary of State) and US military forces to sign the order to drop two A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Japan where Henry loved and had many scholarly friends.

The US "official" reason for using these two A-bombs still remains to end this bloody war as soon as possible to save the life of so many American young soldiers for their invasion/occupation of Japan, but the "real" reason was to intimidate Josef Stalin of USSR by demonstrating the unprecedented destructive power of these A-bombs upon Japanese cities, in an attempt to block the invasion of USSR into East Europe towards the end of this war.

In other words, the bombs were used mainly to start the "Cold War", instead of hastening the end of WWII (saving American lives). The real force that hastened the end of war, the unconditional surrender of Japan was the "scheduled" invasion by USSR into Manchuria, China, on August 7, which took place between the US drop of two A-bombs (August 6 and 9) on Japanese cities, according to the secret agreement between FDR and Stalin (3 months after the surrender of Nazi-Germany in May 1945).

I believe if the "great" president FDR were still alive around June and August, 1945, FDR would listen carefully to Henry, and decide not to drop A-bombs on any cities. FDR knew very well that the Russian invasion into Manchuria would end immediately the great war.
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