This work attempts to prove that the atomic bomb was not needed to end the Second World War. It claims this was known at the time by the American leaders, and demonstrates also that the world has been systematically deceived about this fundamental point for decades.
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THE ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED BY THE AMERICANS PRIMARILY TO SCARE THE SOVIET UNION, AND NOT TO SAVE LIVES OR BRING WAR TO AN END – THAT IS THE SHOCKING TRUTH AT THE HEART OF THIS CONCLUSIVE HISTORY.
On 6 and 9 August 1945 the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were obliterated by atomic bombs, dropped, we have long been told, to save a million soldiers’ lives, to tame unyielding Japan and to bring the second World War to its close. There was no alternative. That, as Dr Alperovitz carefully and irrefutably shows in this damning book, was simply a lie; that lie hardened into received wisdom, and the world has been systematically deceived for fifty years. All the while, the real reasons for the dropping of the atomic bomb lay elsewhere: they are set out before here in painstaking detail – the proofs, and the truth, are staggering.
“A comprehensive and definitive history”
“Ambitious and far-reaching: Alperovitz has lost none of his instinct for provocative judgements about one of the century’s paramount historical controversies. He has written what will almost certainly serve as a bible for the next generation of revisionist scholars, a book that is elegantly documented and intensely argued.”
MICHAEL R. BESCHLOSS, 'New York Times'
“Alperovitz has forced us to consider uncomfortable hypotheses, often with considerable supporting evidence.”
PROFESSOR LAWRENCE FREEDMAN, 'Sunday Times'
“Opinions, like talk, are cheap. The only way to come to a well-founded view on this momentous, 50-year-old argument is to study the documentary record that has gradually come to light, most plausibly now by reading Gar Alperovitz’s valuable new book on the subject. This famous revisionist, although still spurned by dominant US opinion, has provided the intellectually respectable interpretation of how and why the US became the only nation to use nuclear weapons. He has stayed with his subject and has prevailed in his pursuit of the truth. For this he deserves congratulations, indeed, honour.”
RONNIE DUGGER, 'Boston Globe'
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Book Description Fontana, London, 1996. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. First Paperback. xiv, 847pp, index, bibliography, notes. Or card covers. Remainder line on bottom edge, light edge wear and slight fading to spine. Why, when the surrender of the Japanese was all but a foregone conclusion, was Truman convinced to use the atomic bomb against the Japanese? This is the fullest possible account of this sobering episode drawing on official and unofficial papers. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 031295
Book Description FontanaPress, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-225-60-6365006
Book Description FontanaPress. Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. Good: Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Bookseller Inventory # 2665575369