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by Gar Alperovitz

  • ISBN: 0679443312
  • Author: Gar Alperovitz
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  • Rating: 4.1 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 847
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (July 30, 1995)
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  • Category: History
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -811) and index. One of the most controversial issues absorbing America today: Was it necessary to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Includes bibliographical references (p. One of the most controversial issues absorbing America today: Was it necessary to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Fifty years after the fateful summer of 1945, we are still debating Harry Truman's decision

In the early 1960s, Gar Alperovitz wrote his dissertation that challenged the accepted story surrounding the events of the summer of 1945 and the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan. It was obviously very controversial

In the early 1960s, Gar Alperovitz wrote his dissertation that challenged the accepted story surrounding the events of the summer of 1945 and the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan. It was obviously very controversial. This book, published in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the bombings, builds on that argument with much new material that was declassified over the intervening years.

Controversial in nature, this book demonstrates that the United States did not need to use the atomic bomb against Japan. Alperovitz criticizes one of the most hotly debated precursory events to the Cold War.

Books by Gar Alperovitz. I revisited this thesis in light of a vastly expanded corpus of evidence in my 1995 book, The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth. The primary focus of the first book was the complicated way in which the atomic bomb altered and hardened the course of . diplomatic strategy towards the Soviet Union in 1945. The 1995 book focused directly and explicitly on the decision itself.

Gar Alperovitz, the great revisionist historian, in his Atomic Diplomacy and The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb transformed our knowledge of the geopolitical motives behind the atomic attack against Japan at the end of World War II. These uranium and plutonium-core bombs were. These uranium and plutonium-core bombs were political, not primarily military in purpose and motive behind their deployment. His analysis will be compared to realists such as Hans Morgenthau, Kenneth Waltz, Henry Kissinger and George Kennan who for the most part questioned unrestrained violence and offered nuanced views on the wisdom of using such indiscriminate,.

THE DECISION TO USE THE ATOMIC BOMB And the Architecture of an American .

THE DECISION TO USE THE ATOMIC BOMB And the Architecture of an American Myth. With the assistance of Sanho Tree, Edward Rouse Winstead, Kathryn C. Morris, David J. Williams, Leo C. Maley 3d, Thad Williamson and Miranda Grieder. Now, in "The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb," Mr. Alperovitz, who is the president of the National Center for Economic Alternatives, writes that "oversimplified versions of my argument (together with some obvious graduate-student errors) were pounced upon by critics who could not abide criticism of the Hiroshima decision.

Sources Used & Recommended. Maddox, Robert James. Hiroshima in history: the myths of revisionism. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007.

Sources Used & Recommended New York: Simon and Schuster, 1965. Alperovitz, Gar. The decision to use the atomic bomb and the architecture of an American myth. New York: Knopf, 1995. Goodbye, darkness: a memoir of the Pacific War. Boston: Little, Brown, 1980.

The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth is a book by Gar Alperovitz which criticizes the . decision to end the war with Japan by using atomic bombs. The argument assumes with no evidence that Japan would have quickly surrendered. It ignores the American and Russian war plans that would have left millions of Japanese dead.

Scientists and the atomic bomb

Scientists and the atomic bomb. Among those who had full knowledge of the Manhattan Project to build an atomic bomb, most agreed that the weapon should be used. The Americans considered Okinawa a dress rehearsal for the invasion of the Japanese home islands, for which the United States was finalizing a two-stage plan. The first phase, code-named Olympic, was scheduled for late October 1945, with a landing on Kyushu, defended by an estimated 350,000 Japanese troops backed by at least 1,000 kamikaze planes. Olympic entailed the use of nearly 800,000 American assault troops and an enormous naval fleet.

The Decision To Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995).

Alperovitz is the author of critically acclaimed books on the atomic bomb and atomic diplomacy and was named "Distinguished Finalist" for the Lionel Gelber Prize for The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth, (Knopf, 1995). The Decision To Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth (New York: Alfred A.

Stating that the United States did not have to use the atomic bomb in order to win the war, a detailed study profiles a defeated Japan while citing the influences of such figures as Dwight Eisenhower and James F. Byrnes on the decision. 50,000 first printing. Tour.
Comments (7)

Nalaylewe
One star, according to Amazon, means I hate it. I don't hate this book but I struggled to get 1/3 through it before putting it aside. If I could give no stars I would have. I knew ahead of time the author was "anti" bomb drop. I purchased another book on the subject which reviews said it was "pro" bomb drop. My intent was to get both sides and then decide for myself. My problem with this author is from the beginning his premise is the dropping of the atomic bombs was a conspiracy by all parties - US military and political entities and all involved. And he never lets go. The book is written to support what appears to be a preconceived belief - not a journey into historical events which may ultimately lead to the same conclusion. Comparing publication dates with the "pro" bomb drop book I chose (Downfall by Richard Frank) I note this book precedes Downfall by 4 yrs. Significant sources used by this author appear less than those used by Frank in Downfall. It's possible they weren't available at the time. If you're searching for a well written book that supports the belief that dropping the bombs was unnecessary keep looking. This one isn't it.
Helldor
I deem Alperovitz's book best written on the nuclear bombing of Japan.

History of World War II-serious reader knows -is riddled with myths,controversies.For a long time events building up to nuclear bombing of Hiroshima,Nagasaki were shrouded in mystery.However this book has shed lot of light on the subject thanks to author's access to some confidential documents,files, memos now declassified under FOIA .Based on this author has argued that nuclear bombing was wholly unwarranted in effecting Japan's surrender.

Because Japan by July 1945-as expert opinion shows-was defeated.American land ,naval forces were few hundred miles away from home islands.Situation was desperate; Tokyo intiated diplomatic moves to end the war.With Emperor's blessings Foreign minister Shigemitsu Togo tried to find out through Japanese ambassador in Moscow wheather Russia was willing to help Japan bring about peace.Thanks to intelligence derived from Purple decrypts Americans knew Japan's plight.However they were few stumbling blocks.One was Tokyo's desire to preserve Emperor.

If President Truman had clarified the proposition that by unconditional surrender he meant Japanese armed forces and not the royalty, Tokyo would have capitulated.Such course of action apart from ensuring Japan's surrender would have stopped Soviet entry into Far Eastern war on its tracks.This makes ridiculous official claim that nuclear bombing was essential to hasten Japan's surrender.

Paradoxically, [after nuclear bombing ]US allowed Japanese to retain their emperor.If only President Truman guranteed the safety ,sanctity of the Emperor while issuing Potsdam declaration this terrible human tragedy could have been averted.Unfortunately coming under the baneful influence of his secretay of state Byrnes he botched it.

Concomitantly it also implies despite nuclear bombing Tokyo would have continued to resist to the bitter end if Americans were to dissolve the Imperial House.So the theory that atomic bombing precipitated japan's surrender is a myth.Rather it had more to do with American tussle with Soviet Union for the control of postwar Eastern Europe.By bombing Japan US wanted to send Moscow a strong lesson.

Final section of the book makes a shocking reading.Here author has shown why American public blindly endorsed official version of events.Because during immediate post war years Government was engaged in a massive disinformation campaign.Facts which were not in consonance with official view were either distorted,fudged or suppressed .Striking demonstration of phenomena how facts of history can be molded to serve preconceived aims and objectives of ruling elites.Perhaps President wanted to cover up the fact that he commited dastardly crime that would put even Mongols to shame.

This book is lavishly documented;scrupulously researched.Hence very thick and voluminous.But on the negative side exceedingly
verbose replete with euphemisms.One requires abundant free time
and exceptional interest to finish reading it.so I don't recommend it for casual readers.
Alsath
Very good analysis on why the bomb was dropped and why the official explanation is faulty
sobolica
This well written and organized book is required reading if you truly want to know why the atomic bombs were used by the USA against Japan in 1945. It had very little to do with Japan. The author has done a remarkable job correlating a plethora of official documents, letters, diaries, and other factual information in such a way as to guide the reader thru the spring and summer of 1945, almost on day by day. The author ties diverse sources together for indisputable corroboration of the facts in a way that allows the readers to make up their mind. The author then goes one step further to explain why the media and public falsely believed for decades that the USA used atomic bombs to end the war and saved millions of lives.The author also explores the relationship between the US, Great Britain, and Russia - winning allies against Germany, and how this relationship began to unravel with the surrender of Germany and the dead of President Rosevelt leading to the Cold War. I highly recommend this book.
SoSok
This is incredibly important book reveals some of the behind-the-scenes thought processes that lead to Truman's decisions to use nuclear weapons on Japan. It's replete with supporting evidence, including quotes from the key players in the US, UK, USSR and Japan (taken from their diaries, memoirs, official records, diplomatic communications, intercepted comms, etc), and tries hard to be balanced and cautious with leaping to conclusions. The final assessment is that the opinion of nearly every single senior military and political leader in the US and UK before August 1945 was that Japan was utterly defeated and willing to surrender - especially once the USSR entered the war with them. Why drop the bombs if it wasn't necessary to end the war? It seems to have a lot to do with using the last opportunity to use them in war time (billions had been spent on developing them), and in sending a warning signal to Stalin.
MeGa_NunC
Relies too much on the writings of a few who knew of the bomb before it was dropped, mainly Admiral Leahy but also General Eisenhower. Have you ever heard the term 'hindsight is 20/20? Seems like after the war a few old men were concerned with how they would be judged for their actions during WWII. Alperovitz spends the early chapters discussing how the Allies should've interpreted the Imperial Japanese' diplomatic cables, but provides little evidence that the Japanese were actually considering surrender. There is no doubt that the war could've ended without the a-bomb, however, in the context of 1945 with the U.S. considering the options of a massive ground invasion or a slow, protracted strangulation of the Japanese home islands, the bomb would've seemed like a popular alternative to avoiding any more American casualties.

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