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Research Guide: Atomic Bombs: Home
Start Here For Tons of Resources (the only thing you cannot access are the "Related Credo Articles")
"Documents on the decision to use the atomic bomb are reproduced here in full-text form. In most cases, the originals are in the U.S. National Archives. Other aspects of the decision are shown from accounts by the participants."
"This collection includes documents totaling almost 600 pages, covering the years 1945-1964. Supporting materials include an online version of "Truman and the Bomb: A Documentary History," edited by Robert H. Ferrell."
White Light Black Rain The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
A documentary which looks at the legacy of the first use of nuclear weapons in war, featuring archival footage, photography, and interviews with Japanese survivors of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, as well as Americans who believed the atomic bombs were the best way to end the conflict.
Suggested City Library Books
The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the atomic bombs, and the defeat of Japan by Wilson D. Miscamble
Publication Date: 2011-04-11
Discusses the usage of atomic bombs by the United States in World War II and President Harry S. Truman's decision to launch a nuclear attack on Japan, examining the morality of the decision, and exploring the relationship between nuclear weapons and the start of the Cold War.
The Atom Bomb by Tamara L. Roleff
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
Contains twenty essays in which various authors examine issues related to the atom bomb, discussing its development, the decision to drop the bomb on Japan, the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and America in the Cold War; with evaluations of the bomb by scientists.
Harry S. Truman by Robert H. Ferrell
Publication Date: 2003-11-21
Chronicles the life and presidency of Harry Truman through narration and over one hundred primary documents, covering such topics as his youth in Missouri, his electoral strategies, his administration's policies, and the dropping of the atomic bomb.
Hiroshima by John R. Hersey
Publication Date: 1989-03-04
Downfall by Richard B. Frank
Publication Date: 2001-05-01
Examines the last months of the Pacific war as it appeared to American and Japanese decision makers at the time, and presents evidence that indicates Japan was not at all ready to surrender in August 1945 at the time the U.S. dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Red Cloud at Dawn by Michael D. Gordin
Publication Date: 2010-11-23
Traces the origins of the nuclear arms race of the mid-twentieth century, focusing on the story of "First Lightning," the 1949 Soviet test bomb.
Examines the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, discussing the information on which American leaders based the decision to drop the bomb, and the roles of U.S.-Soviet relations and American domestic politics.
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