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Atomic tragedy : Henry L. Stimson and the decision to use the bomb against Japan / Sean L. Malloy.

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Beaufort - Bluffton Branch 940.54252 MAL (Text) 0530004594376 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780801446542
  • ISBN: 0801446546
  • Physical Description: xi, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2008.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-225) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction : "Its use must weigh heavily on our minds and on our hearts" -- The education of Henry L. Stimson -- The road to Pearl Harbor -- "A most terrible thing" -- "The international situation" -- The ordeal of Henry L. Stimson -- Hiroshima and Nagasaki by way of Potsdam -- The last full measure -- "The full enumeration of the steps in the tragedy" -- Conclusion : "a grave and continuing responsibility."
Summary, etc.:
Atomic Tragedy offers a unique perspective on one of the most important events of the twentieth century. As secretary of war during World War II, Henry L. Stimson (1867-1950) oversaw the American nuclear weapons program. In a book about how an experienced, principled man faltered when confronted by the tremendous challenge posed by the intersection of war, diplomacy, and technology, Sean L. Malloy examines Stimson's struggle to reconcile his responsibility for "the most terrible weapon ever known in human history" with his long-standing convictions about war and morality. Ultimately, Stimson's story is one of failure; despite his beliefs, Stimson reluctantly acquiesced in the use of the atomic bomb against heavily populated Japanese cities in August 1945. This is the first biography of Stimson to benefit from extensive use of papers relating to the Manhattan Project; Malloy has also uncovered evidence illustrating the origins of Stimson's commitment to eliminating or refining the conduct of war against civilians, information that makes clear the agony of Stimson's dilemma.
Subject: Hiroshima-shi (Japan) > History > Bombardment, 1945.
Nagasaki-shi (Japan) > History > Bombardment, 1945.
Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950.
Atomic bomb > Moral and ethical aspects > United States.
World War, 1939-1945 > United States.
World War, 1939-1945 > Japan.
United States > Military policy > Decision making.

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