The Bombing Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki Essay

1728 Words Aug 1st, 2014 7 Pages
In 1945, the United States made a fateful decision: to drop not just one, but two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. These decisions would spur debate amongst historians for the next sixty-nine years and will most likely continue to do so for some time. One historian, J. Samuel Walker, wrote a book on the topic entitled Prompt & Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs Against Japan. This publication examines the decision-making process followed when the US government was contemplating dropping the atomic bomb on Japan. This book focuses especially on the new President Truman who was just coming into his presidency in 1945. This text examines the necessity of dropping the bombs on Japan and how it affected the war. In this paper, Walker’s opinion of the bombs, along with my own opinion will be examined and compared. Walker did not declare definitively whether he found the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be the right decision, but he gave plenty of evidence to support either viewpoint. Personally, I can’t declare that the bombs were right or wrong, but I find that I question the second bomb more than the first. In the text, Walker gives reason to probe further into both bombings. Walker’s opinion of the bombs is never declared directly, but the evidence he provides for the reader to interpret seems to lean positively on the first bomb. He examines the popular myth that Truman had only two options for ending the war in Japan,…

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