Hiroshima in History: The Myths of Revisionism

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   Ponedjeljak, 24 Kolovoz 2015 00:00

When President Harry Truman authorized the use of atomic weapons against Japan, he did so to end a bloody war that would have been bloodier still had the planned invasion of Japan proved necessary. Revisionists claim that Truman s real interest was a power play with the Soviet Union and that the Japanese would have surrendered even earlier had the retention of their imperial system been assured. Truman wanted the war to continue, they insist, in order to show off America s powerful new weapon. This anthology exposes revisionist fallacies about Truman s motives, the cost of an invasion, and the question of Japan s surrender. Essays by prominent military and diplomatic historians reveal the hollowness of revisionist claims, exposing the degree to which these agenda-driven scholars have manipulated the historical record to support their contentions.

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