A true scholarly and valuable book with infinite details setting the record straight about why the US dropped atomic bombs on Japan But you really must want to study this topic in depth to deal with all 668 pages of text out of 847 pages in total 178 pages are documentation index etc Interesting revisionist take upon the start of the Cold War Thoroughly researched and documented in depth investigation of the evidence behind the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Compellingly argues that dropping the bombs was not necessary to end the war but was rather a move to establish US dominance over the Soviet Union in the new world order Alperovitz carefully reminds the reader at every turn how we got there what are the relevant facts and how they differ from the received wisdom Outstanding work Reading this book has provided me with a new definition of superpower A superpower is considered a superpower only when it is successful in spreading its version of narrative at same time rejecting all other conjectures as arbitrary This fantastic and extremely detailed book on the real reasons for dropping of atomic bombs on Japan will eave no doubt that the main reason was to establish USA as the new Superpower in the world The popular narrative does not include the Soviet threat to enter the war in Asia at all Gar painstakingly elaborates his analysis of the deciding months eading to the decision to drop the bomb The American insistence on unconditional surrender of Japan the shift in American behaviour after the successful test in New Mexico the strange decision not to give Japanese any advanced warning the complete rejection of all of Japan s efforts to seek defeat and in the end accepting conditional surrender which was not an option before dropping of the two atomic. Controversial in nature this book demonstrates that the United States did not need to use the atomic bom.
Ry 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 yearsThe standard story is that the bombs forced Japan s surrender before an invasion of the home islands by American troops would be necessary It was claimed that invasion would have cost as many as a million American ives and an eual number on the Japanese side Alperovitz points out however that the actual numbers from a military esti Think you know why we dropped the nukes Think again Our received wisdom doesn t jive with reality Thoroughly researched and probably a bi5 overlong at about 900 pages I m glad I read the digital version as it doesn t show the number of pages or how far you ve progressed Still uestions inger for me why the second bomb why did certain American decision makers think having the bomb could be used to strong arm the Soviets unless we were actually willing to use it on them and how culpable was Hirohito This book contains all the sources save those ost or deliberately destroyed on the choice to drop the atomic weapons on Japan at the end of World War Two I am enjoying the work very much It is divided into two parts the historical evidence of the choice to drop the bomb and the creation of the official tale of inevitability This is such a fun readwell not really It s pretty depressing I ve been reading and rereading this book since the The Casa Mono Cookbook late 90 sand I still can t decide about the decision to use the atomic bomb Anyone that can say that it was right or wrong with certainty doesn t know the full story and all of its strange details If you read this bookyoul read it than onc. Event that was argely responsible for the evolution of post World War II American politics and culture.
Bombs There was also complete absence of any diplomacy from the Western powers and ittle attempts to consider diplomatic solutions with JapanI was also amazed at the dehumanisation of the Japanese race in America which was responsible in making such a horrific decision possible Strands of the same dehumanisation tendency can still be felt in the current War on terror where terrorist are kept incognito without any access to aw on Guantanamo by Americans There is also considerable campaign by certain sections of mainstream media to demonise all Muslims which makes the illegal American drone attacks and target killings much easy to justify sell to the world at arge The book makes heavy reading but I am afraid the author had ittle choice in the matter He is working against nearly 60 years of popular narrative after all What other choice did he have What a SLOG I get what Alperovitz is trying to say but someone needs to take what he wrote and make it readable in a way that doesn t make your eyes gloss overHe just keeps going over and over the same ground Yes you ay the fault of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the feet of Secretary of State Byrnes Yes you explain why the military didn t see it as entirely necessary Yes you explain how they started justifying it post war But did you have to make it so TURGID Pretty decisive conclusions based on exhaustive documentary research Perhaps not for the casual reader who will find the methodology somewhat burdensome He sometimes misses the forests for the trees his ittle swipe in the afterword at Marxist momentum theory is a strawman I think but overall it s a book anyone interested in the topic should pick up either for a full read or for reference In the early 1960s Gar Alperovitz wrote his dissertation that challenged the accepted sto. B against Japan Alperovitz criticizes one of the most hotly debated precursory events to the Cold War an.