Prompt & Utter Destruction, by J. Samuel Walker - History in ReviewIt is impossible to determine that the use of the bomb was the quickest way to end the war. Section C will evaluate two sources for their origins purposes values and limitations. Samuel Walker. Plan of investigation………………….. Evaluation of Sources…………………………………………………………………………..
Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs Against Japan
Jump to navigation. This careful scholarly monograph, which makes its appearance the morning after the bitter controversy aroused by the 50th anniversary of Hiroshima, is "post-revisionist" in tone and outlook. The author, the historian of the U. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, acknowledges that some officials saw diplomatic benefits vis-a-vis the Soviets from the use of the bomb but insists that such motivations were of decidedly secondary importance. He also disputes the conventional interpretation that Truman faced a clear choice between using the bomb and ordering a U. Those high estimates, he argues not entirely convincingly, were ex post facto rationalizations brought on by the need to justify a terrible act; the estimates made at the time were much lower.
Samuel Walker. Several years after it happened, it is clear that the debacle over the proposed Smithsonian exhibition on the dropping of the atomic bomb was a watershed moment in the relationship between historians and the American public. Those who had studied, even secondhand, the decision to drop the bombs, were astonished to discover that many Americans believed the decision to have been uncomplicated and beyond reproach. By it was too late to persuade them otherwise. What was left was a room containing part of the fuselage of the Enola Gay , the B bomber that dropped a uranium bomb on Hiroshima. Let us propose to try again in the year , a reasonable vantage point from which to look back on one of the most profound events of the 20th century.
Atomic Bombs On Hiroshima And Nagasaki
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Samuel Walker. Samuel Walker has produced a very succinct volume, perhaps too succinct, on the decision of the United States to use atomic bombs against Japan during World War II. Here is a brave attempt to bridge two diametrically opposed positions--one side stating that the bombings were militarily necessary for ending the war and the other claiming that the bombings were an unjustified and inhumane show of American military force for the purpose of intimidating the Soviet Union. To the important questions of this overall discussion the author answers, in a mere hundred and ten pages, both "yes" and "no. Prompt and Utter Destruction was written out of a response to the debate surrounding the commemorations of the fiftieth anniversary of the end of WW II. However, this book is not about how the anniversary should have been observed, but rather its concern is the question of how historical remembrance gets constructed to either justify or condemn Truman's decision.