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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Hiroshima by Ronald Takaki. The bombing of Hiroshima was one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century, yet this controversial question remains unresolved.
All of them believed that Japan had already been beaten and that The bombing of Hiroshima was one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century, yet this controversial question remains unresolved. All of them believed that Japan had already been beaten and that the war would soon end. Was the bomb dropped to end the war more quickly? Or did it herald the start of the Cold War? In his probing new study, prizewinning historian Ronald Takaki explores these factors and more.
He considers the cultural context of race – the ways in which stereotypes of the Japanese influenced public opinion and policymakers – and also probes the human dimension.
Relying on top secret military reports, diaries, and personal letters, Takaki relates international policies to the individuals involved: Los Alamos director J. Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Back Bay Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hiroshimaplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Mar 01, Doug Dillon rated it it was amazing. Well worth the reading. Might change your mind about the reasons we dropped the bomb. Jun 03, Tom Darrow rated it really liked it. A very well-researched and concise coverage of the decision-making process that went into using the atomic bomb. The author spends the first section going through in a more chronological style from the inception of the bomb through its use.
In the later chapters, he takes a topical approach on reasons why the bomb was used.
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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. Instead, he focuses on A very well-researched and concise coverage of the decision-making process that went into takzki the atomic bomb. Instead, he focuses on how it was used to scare the Soviets and because of racist feelings. He txkaki spends a chapter discussing Truman’s personality The makes use of a great number of insider sources, like the scientists, politicians and generals who were all involved in the decision making process.
In the end, he doesn’t break any new ground, but he does do a good job at making takzki easy to read summary. Jul 14, Lou Maresca rated it really liked it Shelves: Though I felt I knew a fair amount about the topic, I learned quite a bit from Takaki’s book. There are times when you think that he is presenting a particular point of view, then see talaki he has presented many sides of the long and complex process of what went into the fateful decision.
Ronald Takaki: The Lessons of Hiroshima
It was very hidoshima to see who in the Administration and in the Manhattan project was for and who was against the bombing. Takaki focuses a good amount on President Harry Truman, as he should, and much of this was revelatory.
My opinion of this president has shifted a bit after reading the book. The book is but pages in length, in the paperback that I read, so some of the topics could be delved into in more length. Overall, this is a good read, well worth the time. I cannot leave out the fact that he has done a very good job of describing what “total war” meant, and means now; this was hard to read, but important and significant. Hifoshima 06, Ted rated it really liked it.
An insightful read to understanding why the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan. It is interesting to note that America’s military leaders – Marshall, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Spaatz, Leahy hrioshima 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.
MacArthur had even proposed a hiroshim in invading Japan since he felt surrender was inevitable. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral William Leahy, expressed it best when he said “My own feeling is that in being the first tamaki use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to barbarians of the Dark Ages.
I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children. Aug 24, Millie Yule rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is a brilliant introduction to the debate surrounding the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and needs no prior knowledge. All of the information within is explained really well, and Takaki writes in a way that is easy to understand but still very engaging.
The first and last chapter can This book is a brilliant introduction to the debate surrounding hiroshoma dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and needs no prior knowledge. Niroshima first and last chapter can be seen almost as a prologue and epilogue to the event, giving context and closure to the figures mentioned. I would really recommend it to someone interested in the dilemma of Hiroshima.
Aug 28, Christina Gagliano rated it liked it. A concise and insightful but not well-organized look, based on primary documents, at why Txkaki dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, with a quick mention of Nagasaki, which should have been detailed further. Nov 13, Debra rated it it was amazing. If you are interested in a balanced view of why the nuclear bombs were dropped on Japan in WWII, read this book. It was thoroughly researched and has a many pages referencing exactly where the information was obtained.
Aug 15, Jared rated it liked it. Jul 05, Kelsey rated it it was amazing. Michael Walzer’s review of this book says it all. Ronald Takaki has hiroshims a “lively, hirosihma, multi-dimensional, and wonderfully undogmatic and inconclusive account of the American decision to use the atomic bomb. Even as someone who typically does not read many history books, I genu Michael Walzer’s review of this hirozhima says it all.
Even as someone who typically does not read many history books, I genuinely enjoyed learning about the complexity of this critical decision. Feb 09, Krissy rated it it was amazing. Sep 08, Becky rated it it was amazing.
Takaki pushes me out of my little fiction cocoon. I’m “studying” WWII in hopes of designing a unit for my sophomores Takaki not only compiles fascinating quotes from love letters, diaries, interviews and editorials, but he also explains how race and gender were factors that explain Truman’s ultimate decision to drop the first bomb on Hiroshima. Mar 24, Swiftfire rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Essay writers on the subject and non-fiction lovers.
I read this book for my Modern US History class. I’m not exactly usually a fan of non-fiction, but I found this book to be a very interesting read.
The author had many great sources and helpful quotes which he used to explain the background behind the bombing of Hiroshima. Not a book I would normally read in my free time, but I’m definitely glad I did.
Sep 10, Brendan McAuliffe rated it did not like it. Feb 08, Emily Taylor is currently reading it. Mar 10, B rated it really liked it. This is a concise and well-researched book. Jan 23, Pepper rated it really liked it. This was an excellent book. Full of primary source references and well written.
I’m not much on non fiction but well worth the time. Jan 13, Tom rated it it was amazing. Read it years ago, still a favorite.
Jan 19, Taoaki V rated it liked it. I didn’t get much out of the book. Much of what was stated I already knew.
Alexis rated it really liked it Aug 10, Steven rated it really liked it Dec 13, Micah Graber rated it it was amazing Oct 21, Hal Johnson rated it liked it Nov 22, Jose Manuel rated it it was amazing Jan 05, Brian rated it liked it Aug 03, Daniela rated it really liked it Jun 16, John rated it really liked it Feb 24,