Twenty years ago, Ronald Takaki pointed out what gets left out of debates about the atomic bomb: race. Dive deep into Ronald Takaki’s Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb Tag: Author of a Different Mirror. Ronald T. Takaki, Author Little Brown and Company $28 (p) ISBN.
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Why America Dropped the Bomb, He considers the cultural context of race – the ways in which stereotypes of the Japanese influenced public opinion and policymakers – and also probes the human dimension. Emily rated it really liked it Jul hirosgima, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb Tag: Author of a Different Mirror
A very well-researched and concise coverage of the decision-making process that went into using the atomic bomb. Sep 10, Brendan McAuliffe rated it did not like it.
The first and last chapter can be hiroshimaa almost as a prologue and epilogue to the event, giving context and closure to the figures mentioned.
Truman that the enemy was already prepared to surrender, asking hiroshoma for the retention of the emperor. Was the bomb dropped to end the war more quickly? Aug 15, Jared rated it liked it. Add a new page. Click here to edit contents of this page. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jan 19, Bill V rated it liked it.
Even as someone who typically does not read many history books, I genu Michael Walzer’s review of this book says it all.
The bombing of Hiroshima was one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century, yet this controversial question remains unresolved.
Edit History Tags Source. A concise and insightful but not well-organized look, based on primary documents, at why America dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, with a quick mention of Nagasaki, which should have been detailed further. There was a problem adding your email address.
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Jun 03, Tom Darrow rated it really liked it. Hold everything in place for Olympic and Coronet [names for the invasion plans], but drop all work on them and get busy on the occupation. Hiroshima is a past that is not even past, and we ignore it at our peril.
Takaki states that an invasion would have been less costly than publicly claimed by Truman, and was not even ta,aki since Japan was known to be on the verge of surrender.
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Even as someone who typically does not read many history books, I genuinely enjoyed learning about the complexity of this critical decision.
A professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Takaki has published much on multiculturalism and ethnicity, especially in terms of American history; his earlier works include Strangers from a Different Shore and A Different Mirror. New America Media Ronald Takaki: Trending on HNN in Jul 14, Lou Maresca rated it really liked it Shelves: All of them believed that Japan had already been beaten and that The bombing of Hiroshima was one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century, yet this controversial question remains unresolved.
Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3. An insightful read to understanding why the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan. Watch headings for an “edit” link when available. Instead, he focuses on A very well-researched and concise coverage of the decision-making process that went into using the atomic bomb. The history of this world-shattering event offers us lessons on war, race, leadership, reason, judgment, and the importance of cross-cultural understanding.
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Lists with This Book. The war is over. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. MacArthur had even proposed a delay in invading Japan since he felt surrender was inevitable. How to join this site?
Read it years ago, still a favorite. Driven by strategic rather than military concerns, Secretary of State James Byrnes wanted to delay the ending of the Pacific War.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. The book is but pages in length, in the paperback that I read, so some of the topics could be delved into in more length. Meanwhile, Takaki asserts that Truman, who claimed to be at peace with his decision for the rest of his career, was driven to use the bomb out of a deeply ingrained sense of insecurity; in fact, based on Truman’s diaries, Takaki shows that he was a sensitive man, deeply troubled takakki his decision to use the bomb.
Published September 1st by Back Bay Books first published I cannot leave out the fact that he has done a very good job of describing what “total war” meant, and means now; this was hard to read, but important and significant.
There are times when you think that he is presenting a particular point of view, then see that he has presented many sides of the long and complex process of what went into the fateful decision.
Resources used in Hiroshima include personal letters, diaries, memoirs, and articles published by the individuals themselves after the fact. He wanted more time to test the still-experimental weapon in New Mexico, and if it worked, to deploy hiroshiam against Japanese cities.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral William Leahy, expressed it best when he said “My own feeling is that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to barbarians hidoshima the Dark Ages.
I’m hiroshiima WWII in hopes of designing a unit for my sophomores In the end, he doesn’t break any new ground, but he does do a good job at making an easy to read summary. Once the Soviets declared war, in early Augustthe Japanese surrender negotiated and conditional, after all, in that the emperor was permitted to survive was rapidly hirooshima.