Twenty years ago, Ronald Takaki pointed out what gets left out of debates about the atomic bomb: race. Dive deep into Ronald Takaki’s Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb Tag: Author of a Different Mirror. Ronald T. Takaki, Author Little Brown and Company $28 (p) ISBN.

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Driven by strategic rather than military concerns, Secretary of State James Byrnes wanted to delay the ending of the Pacific War. In his view, this tradition leads up to the particular hatred of Hroshima in America, especially on the West Coast, and the period of fervent outrage that followed Pearl Harbor. Aug 28, Christina Gagliano rated it liked it.

Read it years ago, still a favorite. Resources used in Hiroshima include personal letters, diaries, memoirs, and articles published by the individuals themselves after the fact. Takaki pushes me out of my little fiction cocoon. In the later chapters, he takes a topical approach on reasons why the bomb was used. An eloquent perspective on the atomic bombings, unusual for its simple focus on getting the facts right instead of hiroshuma or exonerating those responsible for the decision.

Takaki portrays takxki leaders as highly concerned with using their new weapon to frighten Stalin, keep the Soviet Union out of the Pacific theater, and demonstrate American power.


Personalities mattered, especially in the decision to drop the bomb. Those who do not know history, a philosopher warned, will be doomed to repeat it. The author had many great sources and helpful quotes which he used to explain the background behind the bombing of Hiroshima. As in these preceding books, Takaki applies a critical perspective toward race and culture in America with Hiroshima. Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.

In his probing new study, prizewinning historian Ronald Takaki explores these factors and more. The history of this world-shattering event offers us lessons on war, race, leadership, reason, judgment, and the importance of cross-cultural understanding. The book is but pages in length, in the paperback that I read, so some of the topics could be delved into in more length.

Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb by Ronald Takaki

Refresh and try again. This book is a brilliant introduction to the debate surrounding the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and needs no prior knowledge. In the early pages of Hiroshima, the author brings up a quote from Secretary of State Henry Stimson to explain this approach: Books by Ronald Takaki. Append content without editing the whole page source. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I would really recommend it to someone interested in the dilemma of Hiroshima.

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Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb Tag: Author of a Different Mirror

Overall, this is a good read, well takako the time. We still live in the shadow of Hiroshima, though most of us do not know why or how it happened.

Hal Johnson rated it liked it Nov 22, Something does not work as expected? Hrioshima rated it really liked it Jul 22, In fact, from a military point of view, Gen. Essay writers on the subject and non-fiction lovers.

Jan 23, Pepper rated it really liked it. I’m “studying” WWII in hopes of designing a unit for my sophomores Jan 19, Bill V rated it liked it.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A concise and insightful but not well-organized look, based on primary documents, at why America dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, with a quick mention of Nagasaki, which should have been detailed further.

Hjroshima trivia or quizzes yet. It seems you have no tags attached to pages. The first and last chapter can be seen almost as a prologue and epilogue to the event, giving context and closure to the figures mentioned.