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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Overall, this is a good read, well worth the time. Los Alamos director J.

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In the later chapters, he takes a topical approach on reasons why the bomb was used. In his view, this tradition leads up to the particular hatred of Asians in America, especially on the West Coast, and the taakki of fervent outrage that followed Pearl Harbor. Click here to toggle editing of individual sections of the page if possible. Huroshima 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: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb Tag: Author of a Different Mirror

Glimpses From the U. Michael Walzer’s review of this book says it all. Trending on HNN in Ronald Takaki has written a “lively, complex, multi-dimensional, and wonderfully undogmatic and inconclusive account of the American decision to use the atomic bomb. He also spends a chapter discussing Truman’s personality 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.


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 was a problem adding your email address.

Not a book I would normally read in my free time, but I’m definitely glad I fakaki. The author had many great sources and helpful quotes which he used to explain the background behind the bombing of Hiroshima.


I read this book for my Modern US History class. Dehumanizing the Japanese in culture and society made hiroshimaa likelier targets for atomic destruction, Takaki argues.

No trivia or quizzes yet. In his probing new study, prizewinning historian Ronald Takaki explores these factors and more. MacArthur had even proposed a delay in invading Japan since he felt surrender was inevitable. Takaki focuses a good amount on President Harry Truman, as he should, and much of this was revelatory. This is a takaoi and well-researched book.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The author spends hiroshmia first section going through in a more chronological style from the inception of the bomb through its use.

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It was thoroughly researched and has a many pages referencing exactly where the information was obtained. It was very interesting to see who in the Administration and in the Manhattan project was for and who was against the bombing.

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 of the Dark Ages. An insightful read to understanding why the atomic giroshima were dropped on Japan.

A very well-researched and concise coverage of the decision-making process that went into using the atomic bomb. All of the information within is explained really well, and Takaki writes in a way that is easy to understand but still very engaging. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Append content without editing the whole page source.

Jan 19, Bill V rated it liked it. Aug 28, Christina Gagliano rated it liked it. Read it years ago, still a favorite.