Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam
The Use of Atomic Bomb and the American Confrontation With Soviet Power

Alperovitz, Gar
Publisher:  Vintage Books, New York, USA
Year Published:  1994   First Published:  1965
Pages:  402pp   ISBN:  978-0745309477
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX19878

Alperovitz argues that the use of atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasai were not necessary to bring about Japan's surrender in the Second World War, and that the U.S. leadership was well aware of this fact. The decision to use nuclear weapons was predicated, says Alperovitz, on a desire to test the weapons on actual cities, as well as a wish to use them to intimidate the Soviet Union.

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