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A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies (Stanford Nuclear Age)

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Publisher Comments:

Continuously in demand since its first, prize-winning edition was published in 1975, this is the classic history of the development of the American atomic bomb, the decision to use it against Japan, and the origins of U.S. atomic diplomacy toward the Soviet Union.

In his Preface to this new edition, the author describes and evaluates the lengthening trail of new evidence that has come to light concerning these often emotionally debated subjects. The author also invokes his experience as a historical advisor to the controversial, aborted 1995 Enola Gay exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. This leads him to analyze the impact on American democracy of one of the most insidious of the legacies of Hiroshima: the political control of historical interpretation.

Reviews of Previous Editions

“The quality of Sherwins research and the strength of his argument are far superior to previous accounts.”

—New York Times Book Review

“Probably the definitive account for a long time to come. . . . Sherwin has tackled some of the critical questions of the Cold Wars origins—and has settled them, in my opinion.”

—Walter LaFeber,

Cornell University

“One of those rare achievements of conscientious scholarship, a book at once graceful and luminous, yet loyal to its documentation and restrained in its speculations.”

—Boston Globe

Book News Annotation:

The assumptions and attitudes behind opposing views over nuclear weapons were formed in secret during World War II during the discussions about building the bombs and then using them against urban targets. Sherwin (history, Tufts U.) argues that many of the ideas that were originally intended to avert a nuclear arms race after the war were ironically responsible for nuclear proliferation. He examines the decision making process that resulted in the destruction of Hiroshima, suggesting that the use of the bomb was not considered the only option for Japanese surrender, but instead the best political option, especially vis-<`a>-vis Soviet entry into the war. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The classic history of the development of the American atomic bomb, the decision to use it against Japan, and the origins of US atomic diplomacy toward the Soviet Union. In this new edition the author describes and evaluates the lengthening trail of new evidence, relates his experience as a historical advisor to the controversial, aborted 1995 Enola Gay exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum, and considers the impact on American democracy of one of the most insidious of the legacies of Hiroshima: the political control of historical interpretation.

Synopsis:

This book is an updated edition of the classic history of the development of the American atomic bomb, the decision to use it against Japan, and the origins of U.S. atomic diplomacy toward the Soviet Union.

Synopsis:

New edition of classic history of the American atomic bomb and its place in world politics.

Synopsis:

“The quality of Sherwins research and the strength of his argument are far superior to previous accounts.”&#8212;New York Times Book Review

“Probably the definitive account for a long time to come. . . . Sherwin has tackled some of the critical questions of the Cold Wars origins&#8212;and has settled them, in my opinion.”&#8212;Walter LaFeber, Cornell University

About the Author

Pulitzer Prize-winner Martin J. Sherwin is Professor of History at Tufts University, where he founded the Nuclear Age History Center.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804739573
Foreword:
Sherwin, Martin J.
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Foreword by:
Lifton, Robert J.
Foreword:
Lifton, Robert J.
Author:
Martin, Sherwin
Author:
Sherwin, Martin J.
Author:
Sherwin, Martin
Location:
Stanford, Calif.
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Military - Nuclear Warfare
Subject:
Nuclear warfare
Subject:
World politics
Subject:
Arms race
Subject:
Hiroshima-shi
Subject:
Nagasaki-shi
Subject:
World politics -- 1945-1989.
Subject:
Hiroshima-shi (Japan) History.
Subject:
Military - Weapons
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Stanford nuclear age series
Series Volume:
03-5
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , The classic history of the development of the American atomic bomb, the decision to use it against Japan, and the origins of US atomic diplomacy toward the Soviet Union. In this new edition the author describes and evaluates the lengthening trail of new evidence, relates his experience as a historical advisor to the controversial, aborted 1995 Enola Gay exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum, and considers the impact on American democracy of one of the most insidious of the legacies of Hiroshima: the political control of historical interpretation.
"Synopsis" by ,
This book is an updated edition of the classic history of the development of the American atomic bomb, the decision to use it against Japan, and the origins of U.S. atomic diplomacy toward the Soviet Union.
"Synopsis" by , New edition of classic history of the American atomic bomb and its place in world politics.
"Synopsis" by ,
“The quality of Sherwins research and the strength of his argument are far superior to previous accounts.”&#8212;New York Times Book Review

“Probably the definitive account for a long time to come. . . . Sherwin has tackled some of the critical questions of the Cold Wars origins&#8212;and has settled them, in my opinion.”&#8212;Walter LaFeber, Cornell University

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