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

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Index
Air Force Association, 106
Alamogordo atomic test. See Trinity atomic test
Allen, Thomas B., 117 (n. 12), 127 (n. 33)
Alperovitz, Gar, 104–5, 119 (n. 18), 120 (n. 31)
Anami, Korechika, 30, 45, 82, 86, 87
Army Corps of Engineers (U.S.), 10
Army Intelligence (U.S.), 128 (n. 4)
Arnold, H. H. (Hap), 26, 39, 61, 90
Atlantic Charter, 70
Atomic bomb: testing of, 1, 55–56, 58–60; as alternative to invasion of Japan, 4–6, 50–51, 102–4, 105–6, 107– 9; popular approval of use of, 5, 98, 100; building of, 10–14; Stimson informs Truman about, 13; Interim Committee views on use of, 14–15, 51; targets for, 14–15, 61–62, 101; and U.S.-Soviet relations, 15–18, 62–68, 80–81; as best alternative for ending war, 50–51, 60, 95–96; and U.S. negotiating position at Potsdam, 55, 58–59, 63–64; and quick end to war, 58, 60, 68–69; order to use issued, 61, 68; diplomatic uses of, 62–64, 66–67, 68, 95, 104–5; attack on Hiroshima with, 75–78; warning leaflets dropped, 78, 80; attack on Nagasaki with, 79–80; press reaction to, 80; ends Hirohito’s ambivalence, 81–82, 88; necessity of for ending war, 87– 92, 97, 109; reasons for use analyzed, 92–97; morality of use of, 95–96, 109; criticism of use of, 98–99, 100–102; Strategic Bombing Survey on, 99– 100; as means to promote postwar peace, 101; scholarly controversy over, 104–6, 107–10; demonstration of, 120–21 (n. 38); and saving of Japanese lives, 127 (n. 33)
Atomic Diplomacy (Alperovitz), 104–5
Augusta, USS, 54, 78
Bard, Ralph A., 14, 44, 90
Bataan death march, 21
Beria, Lavrenty, 67, 81
Bernstein, Barton J., 62, 95, 105, 117–18 (n. 12), 119 (n. 18), 126 (n. 23)

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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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