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Ebook A World Destroyed: The Atomic Bomb and the Grand Alliance by Martin J. Sherwin read! Book Title: A World Destroyed: The Atomic Bomb and the Grand Alliance
The author of the book: Martin J. Sherwin
Language: English
ISBN: 0394721489
ISBN 13: 9780394721484
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 717 KB
Edition: Random House USA Inc
Date of issue: November 12th 1987

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one of the best books that asks the question: was dropping the bomb on hiroshima necessary? what about nagasaki? what ramifications did they have for the world sphere?

american war vets will tell you the bomb was dropped to save millions of young american lives, because japan wasn't going to surrender and an invasion of the main island was going to have to happen. other people will tell you the bomb was dropped because it was easy. others will say that it was dropped to show the soviets exactly what we had.

sherwin argues, quite convincingly, that truman decided to drop the bomb because stalin had signed a pact agreeing to intervene in the pacific sphere if the war was not over by a certain date. that day was set two or three days after japan's complete surrender after nagasaki.

i think that both issues were at play - keeping the soviets out (so we could negotiate the peace we wanted, without having to give anything to stalin - who had a pretty bad relationship with truman as opposed to FDR) and ending the war that seemingly wasn't going to end until the japanese were wiped off the face of the earth. (japanese propaganda fueled this - they were in a much worse state than we were led to believe, because as we all know, the japanese did not believe in a white flag.)

interesting debate, anyway, and an excellent book to get you started in the debate.

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Ebook A World Destroyed: The Atomic Bomb and the Grand Alliance read Online! Martin J. Sherwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian. His scholarship mostly concerns the history of the development of atomic energy and nuclear proliferation.

Sherwin received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was the long-time Walter S. Dickson professor of English and American history at Tufts University until his retirement in May 2007. He is now a professor emeritus of Tufts and a University Professor at George Mason University.

He has received numerous awards and grants besides those listed here.

He and co-author Kai Bird shared the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2006, for their book entitled American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.


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