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The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: August 1945 Paperback – February 8, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Enigma Books (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936274000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936274000
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dennis D. Wainstock is Associate Professor of History at Salem-Teikyo University in Salem, West Virginia. He is also the author of Truman, MacArthur and the Korean War.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ryder77 on March 17, 2011
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Dr. Wainstock has provided a very well-researched, interesting, and useful analysis of the political and military events in both America and Japan which led to the use of the single-most destructive weapon in human history. Using key primary research, Wainstock takes on the most critical question: Did dropping atomic bombs on Japan save American lives or was it an unnecessary act of revenge upon an already defeated enemy?

Wainstock explores the heated debates among top U.S. military commanders who advised President Truman on the military necessity for the use of the bombs, most notably the debates between General George C. Marshall and Admiral William D. Leahy.

Contrary to the orthodox opinion that the use of atomic weapons was unanimously considered the most decisive event in defeating Japan and which saved American lives, Dr. Wainstock reveals that such thinking was far from universal among the top American generals and advisers at the time.

For example, General Curtis Lemay, who commanded the famous B-52 fire bombing raids, believed the tremendous military success of his campaign, which destroyed sixty-six of Japan's largest cities, was the decisive factor which "brought about the collapse of Japan before the date set for our land invasion." Lemay always believed that "Japan was finished long before either one of the two atomic bombs were dropped." Dr. Wainstock points out that Lemay was not alone in his assessments. Top naval Admirals Ernest J. King and William D. Leahy agreed with Lemay. Army Air Force General Henry Arnold also agreed with Lemay. Indeed, even the highest ranking Army commander in the Pacific Theater, General Douglas MacArthur, shared Lemay's view that the bombs were not necessary for American victory.

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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Margaret R. Davis on September 6, 2013
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Truth hurts but it is still the truth! The generation that lived the war still can't make it's own facts.
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