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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Jul 05, Kelsey rated it it was hirosjima. Michael Walzer’s review of this book says it all. Relying on top secret hidoshima reports, diaries, and personal letters, Takaki relates international policies to the individuals involved: This book is a brilliant introduction to the debate surrounding the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and needs no prior knowledge.

Might change your mind about the reasons we dropped the bomb. John rated it really liked it Feb 24, He also spends a chapter discussing Truman’s personality How to edit pages?

Mar 24, Swiftfire rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The first and last chapter can be seen almost as a prologue and epilogue to uiroshima event, giving context and closure to the figures mentioned. Hal Johnson rated it liked it Nov 22, Nov 13, Debra rated it it was amazing. Something does not takaji as expected? Much of what was stated I already knew. Why America Dropped the Bomb, Takaki states that an invasion would have been less costly than publicly claimed by Truman, and was not even necessary since Japan was known to be on the verge of surrender.


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Ronald Takaki: The Lessons of Hiroshima

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MacArthur had even proposed a delay in invading Japan since he felt surrender was inevitable. It was very interesting to see who in the Administration and in the Manhattan project was for and who was against the bombing. Ronald Toshiyuki Takaki was an American academic, historian, ethnographer and author.

Driven by strategic rather than military concerns, Secretary of State James Byrnes wanted to delay the ending of the Pacific War.

In the early pages of Hiroshima, the author brings up a quote from Secretary of State Henry Stimson to explain this approach: Takaki pushes me out of my little fiction cocoon. Click here to toggle editing of individual sections of the page if possible. Find out what you can do. Aug 24, Millie Yule rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 08, Becky rated it it was amazing.

Overall, this is a good read, well worth the time.

Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb by Ronald Takaki

Gavin rated it it was amazing Sep 18, 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. Referring to popular films of the time and memories of average people, the author shows how a general hatred of the Japanese provided a cultural environment in which outright annihilation of a people was conceivable.


Notify administrators if there is objectionable content in this page. Click here to edit contents of this page. Takaki uses a variety of historical sources that open up views into the minds of leaders, scientists, and average Americans at the time of the bombings. Brian rated it liked it Aug 03, Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

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My opinion of this president has shifted a bit after reading the book. 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.

Lists with This Book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In his diary on June 7,he wrote: Preview — Hiroshima by Ronald Takaki. Add a new page. Instead, he focuses on A very well-researched and concise coverage of the decision-making process that went into using the atomic bomb.

Aug 28, Christina Gagliano rated it liked it. Published September 1st by Back Bay Books first published The bombing of Hiroshima was one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century, yet this controversial question remains unresolved.