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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What People Think Now. It is interesting to hiroxhima that America’s military leaders – Marshall, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Spaatz, Leahy and the Secretary of War, Stimson, all either had reservations about using these bombs or argued that dropping these bombs were unnecessary, Japan was a defeated nation.

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Jan 23, Pepper rated it really liked it. Feb 08, Emily Taylor is currently reading it. If you want to discuss contents of this page – this is the easiest way to do it. Ronald Takaki has written a “lively, complex, multi-dimensional, and wonderfully undogmatic and inconclusive account of the American decision to use the atomic bomb.

I’m “studying” WWII in hopes of designing a unit for my sophomores In fact, from a military point of view, Gen.

Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb

Lizzya1 rated it really liked it Jun 04, Micah Graber rated it it was amazing Oct 21, The war is over. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Nov 13, Debra rated it it was amazing.

He debunks the idea that using the bomb would have saved hundreds of thousands of American’s lives and that the Japanese were not willing to surrender. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.


Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb Tag: Author of a Different Mirror

Resources used in Hiroshima include personal letters, diaries, memoirs, and articles published by the individuals themselves after the fact. Books by Ronald Takaki. His aim was to intimidate Russia, then a U. Even as someone who typically does not read many history books, I genu Michael Walzer’s review of this book says it all.

Published September 1st by Back Bay Books first published Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Read it years ago, still a favorite. All of the information within is explained really well, and Takaki writes in a way that is easy to understand but still very engaging.

Though I felt I knew a fair amount about the topic, I learned quite a bit from Takaki’s book. In the end, he doesn’t break any new takai, but he does do a good job at making an easy to read summary.

As in these preceding books, Takaki applies a critical perspective toward race and culture in America with Hiroshima. Click here to toggle editing of individual sections of the page if possible.

I read this book for my Modern US History class. Mar 24, Swiftfire rated it really liked it Recommends it for: An insightful read to understanding why the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan.

Sep 08, Becky rated it it was amazing. We still live in the shadow of Hiroshima, though most of us do not know why or how it happened. Mar 10, B rated it really liked it. Even as someone who typically does not read many history books, I genuinely enjoyed learning about the complexity of this critical decision.

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Mar 01, Doug Dillon rated it it was amazing. Meanwhile, Takaki asserts that Truman, who claimed to hroshima at peace with his decision for the rest of his career, was driven to use the bomb out of a deeply ingrained sense of insecurity; in fact, based on Truman’s diaries, Takaki shows that he was a sensitive man, deeply troubled about his decision to use the bomb.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral William Leahy, expressed it best when yakaki 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.

Aug 15, Jared rated it liked it. To attach a tag simply click on the tags hirshima at the bottom of any page. Preview — Hiroshima by Ronald Takaki. Hiroshimx, he focuses on A very well-researched and concise coverage of the decision-making process that went into using the atomic bomb. Glimpses From the U. I would really recommend it to someone interested in the dilemma of Hiroshima.

If you are interested in a balanced view of why the nuclear bombs were dropped on Japan in WWII, read this book.

This was an excellent book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Home What is a Wiki Site? Personalities mattered, especially in the decision to drop the bomb.