Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan

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Illustrations
1Marshall and Stimson, January 19423
2Damage to Tokyo from firebombing28
3Japanese kamikaze attack off Okinawa33
4Truman, Byrnes, and Leahy en route to Potsdam54
5Test explosion of atomic bomb, July 16, 194557
6Churchill, Truman, and Stalin at Potsdam63
7Hiroshima after the atomic attack76
8Nagasaki before and after the atomic bomb79
9Editorial cartoon, “The Fellow Who Lighted the Fuse”99

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations viii
  • Preface to the Revised Edition ix
  • Preface xi
  • One - A Categorical Choice ? 1
  • Two - The Most Terrible Weapon Ever Known 7
  • Three - The Prospects for Victory, June 1945 20
  • Four - Paths to Victory 35
  • Five - Truman and the Bomb at Potsdam 53
  • Six - Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75
  • Seven - Hiroshima in History 98
  • Chronology Key Events of 1945 Relating to the Pacific War 111
  • Notes 113
  • Essay on Sources 131
  • Index 137
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