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    • April 2007
    • 9780231130165
  • 456 Pages
  • Hardcover
  • $55.00
  • / £38.00


    • April 2007
    • 9780231527583
  • 456 Pages
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The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb

Michael Kort

Few aspects of American military history have been as vigorously debated as Harry Truman's decision to use atomic bombs against Japan. In this carefully crafted volume, Michael Kort describes the wartime circumstances and thinking that form the context for the decision to use these weapons, surveys the major debates related to that decision, and provides a comprehensive collection of key primary source documents that illuminate the behavior of the United States and Japan during the closing days of World War II.

Kort opens with a summary of the debate over Hiroshima as it has evolved since 1945. He then provides a historical overview of thye events in question, beginning with the decision and program to build the atomic bomb. Detailing the sequence of events leading to Japan's surrender, he revisits the decisive battles of the Pacific War and the motivations of American and Japanese leaders. Finally, Kort examines ten key issues in the discussion of Hiroshima and guides readers to relevant primary source documents, scholarly books, and articles.

About the Author

Michael Kort is a professor of social science at Boston University's College of General Studies. He is the author of several books on the Soviet Union and Cold War history including The Handbook of the Former Soviet Union; The Soviet Colossus: History and Aftermath; and The Columbia Guide to the Cold War.

A rich resource to the complex and often profoundly controversial questions surrounding the bomb of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Lucid and careful summaries of the issues...[a] substantial and well-chosen collection of documents from American and Japanese sources

Lawrence D. Freedman

Not only comprehensive but so engaging... This is a book for every library.

Joe P. Dunn

An indispensable book.

Robert James Maddox


Philip Nash

By giving the nuclear debate life before the Cold War, Kort revitalizes it for a new complex era. The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb makes a valuable contribution.

Jay Larson