Hiroshima Nagasaki (2020)

Hiroshima Nagasaki Paul Ham Hiroshima Nagasaki Nobody is disturbed said President Truman three days after the destruction of Nagasaki in over the use of the atomic bombs than I am but I was greatly disturbed over the unwarranted attack by the
  • Title: Hiroshima Nagasaki
  • Author: Paul Ham
  • ISBN: 9780732288457
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Hardcover
Hiroshima Nagasaki Paul Ham Nobody is disturbed said President Truman three days after the destruction of Nagasaki in 1945 over the use of the atomic bombs than I am but I was greatly disturbed over the unwarranted attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor and their murder of our prisoners of war The only language the Japanese seem to understand is the one we have been using to bombard them Nobody is disturbed said President Truman three days after the destruction of Nagasaki in 1945 over the use of the atomic bombs than I am but I was greatly disturbed over the unwarranted attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor and their murder of our prisoners of war The only language the Japanese seem to understand is the one we have been using to bombard them When you have to deal with a beast you have to treat him as a beast It is most regrettable but nevertheless true The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed than 100 000 instantly mostly women children and the elderly Many hundreds of thousands succumbed to their horrific injuries later or slowly perished of radiation related sickness Yet the bombs were our least abhorrent choice American leaders claimed at the time and still today most people believe they ended the Pacific War and saved millions of American and Japanese lives Ham challenges this view arguing that the bombings when Japan was on its knees were the culmination of a strategic Allied air war on enemy civilians that began in Germany and had till then exacted its most horrific death tolls in Dresden and Tokyo The war in Europe may have ended but it continued in the Pacific against a regime still looking to save face Ham describes the political manoeuvring and the scientific race to build the new atomic weapon He also gives powerful witness to its destruction through the eyes of eighty survivors from 12 year olds forced to work in war factories to wives and children who faced it alone reminding us that these two cities were full of ordinary people who suddenly out of a clear blue summer s sky felt the sun fall on their heads.
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  1. Jennifer (JC-S)

    We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world Harry S Truman 25 July 1945 In an interview, Paul Ham said that it took him four years to write this book 2.5 years of research and 1.5 years to write and edit He said that he chose this topic because I have always felt that there is something wrong with American narratives that attempt to justify the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in a nuclear holocaust After researching and analysing the core archiv [...]

  2. Chin Joo

    Judging by the two extremes ratings that this book received in , one can tell that this is a rather controversial book The author did not think that the atomic bombs made Japan surrender which in turn avoided the loss of lives of many Americans who would otherwise have to invade the main islands of Japan But his position was not just that the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were unnecessary, he went further to obliquely imply that the reason for dropping the atomic bombs were for [...]

  3. Jim

    Excellent account of the development of the atomic bomb leading to the A bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the aftermath Ham focuses on the horror of the bombings and how it affected some of the indviduals Over 100,000 people were killed and people have kept dying since then Was it worth it Ham argues that, no, it wasn t The atomic bombings did not bring about an end to the Pacific War The blockade of Japan by the overpowering naval might of the USA and American total control of the air by [...]

  4. Michael Flanagan

    A great read from start to finish Paul Ham has delivered yet again the book is well researched and tells the story from every aspect of the dropping of the A Bombs on Japan From the political intrigue to the scientific quest to unlock the power of the sun and those who were the victims of it s power this book is a well balanced look into a defining moment in history.

  5. Liam

    Thanks to my girlfriend s parents for giving me this one for Christmas, most appreciated.The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the close of World War 2 are two of the most controversial events in warfare As a student of World War 2 albeit I ve always been much interested in the European theater than the Pacific theater I ve read quite a lot about the subject, but it has always been tinged with a distinctly rationalist tone Sure, it was a tragedy, but it stopped World War 2 so it was in servi [...]

  6. Peter Mcloughlin

    This very detailed history of the closing days of WWII and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki It untangles the complex decision making on the part of the Japanese, the Americans and the Russians that lead to the use of nuclear weapons for the first and hopefully only time in history The author blames nationalism and intransigence by both the Japanese and Americans in negotiating a surrender of Japan without resorting to use of the bomb Japan in early 1945 was beat It was the terms of [...]

  7. Ranger

    After visiting Japan and Hiroshima in particular I just had to read up about it all Nuclear power and weapons have scared and awed me since I was a small child and visiting Hiroshima chilled me to the very core The book caters for a leftist swing at American politics and decision making as well as creating a mind boggling impression of the Japanese psyche during the final days of the Pacific War This is a great book for gaining a perspective on WHY, and towards the end of the book you will gain [...]

  8. Adam

    Determining the thesis of Paul Ham s Hiroshima Nagasaki can be accomplished with ease by simply looking at the table of contents specifically, chapter six, which is entitled Japan Defeated This would seem to imply an end to Ham s investigation of the titular events after all, the surrender of Japan is what history tells us was the ultimate goal and accomplishment of the atomic bombings of Japan And yet, beginning as it does on page 166, chapter six does not even mark the halfway point when the c [...]

  9. Sean Kennedy

    I was disappointed with this book Although meticulously researched and offering a good although not unique revisionist take on early nuclear history, this is really the story of the nuclear bomb, and not really about Hiroshima and Nagasaki Out of over five hundred pages, only two slight chapters focus on the bombings themselves and the citizens who found themselves at the epicentre of the worst terrorist attacks enacted upon innocent civilians.If the book had been called The Creation and Detonat [...]

  10. Edward Sullivan

    This is the best book on the subject I ve read yet, a superbly researched and absorbing narrative I particularly like how Ham alternates between the American and Japanese perspectives He effectively shatters the popularly held belief that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified because they ended World War II in the Pacific without a costly invasion of Japan s home islands Ham further convincingly argues that the bombings played no role at all in the surrender of Japan, that [...]

  11. Daniel Kukwa

    There s nothing like the feeling of finishing an engrossing, thorough, well written piece of historical scholarship that leaves you contemplating commonly held myths that have been neatly shredded into pieces A very worthy, gripping examination of a time place everyone thinks they know aboutbut really don t.

  12. Ray

    There was so much research done for this book It was informative than any text book in school A very heavy read and a very dark time in our history I learned so much and am sadden by the results of just war in particular Why War doesn t decide whose right it decides whose left.

  13. Laurie Bryce

    This is a fascinating book with a powerful premise Americans are brought up believing we dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki only because we felt forced to, and that Japan would never have surrendered otherwise After absorbing this controversial book, I still think that s partially true, but not the whole truth.Paul Ham meticulously presents a different view that makes the chaotic end of the war and the race for the bomb feel much nuanced than that standard history Some of the things I lear [...]

  14. Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)

    February 19th, 2016 AT LAST THE REVIEW4 stars.This weighty tome caught my eye due to the research I was doing for CrownedEmpyreon Although I knew from what I read in textbooks and documentaries, and other forms of mediums that the atomic bombings, which helped end WWII has been a predominant blemish of both the sciencific and moral grounds of human life And something that no person should have to play a part or have a role involved with such destruction It is difficult though, considering I didn [...]

  15. Don

    A stunning, complete treatment of the only two nuclear weapons ever used on people What makes this book unusual is the two sided view A British historian investigating both the American and Japanese perspectives, as well as at least part of the Russian side, too.The book left me with several takeaways Civilization must never forget the inhuman devastation of these weapons The graphic descriptions of the immediate and delayed human carnage make for nightmarish, heavy reading Yet, 70 years later, [...]

  16. Ted

    When all is said and done this is just another long piece of revisionist history While it is fair to say that there will be those who will always question the justification for the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Ham makes some ludicrous claims to support his contention that the use of these weapons did nothing to contribute to Japan s surrender Ham states that by early 1945 Japan was a defeated nation, that it had lost the air war, the sea war, that Japanese ground forces th [...]

  17. Mike Gabor

    Japan 1945 In one of the defining moments of the twentieth century, than 100,000 people were killed instantly by two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by US Air Force B29s Hundreds of thousands succumbed to their horrific injuries, or slowly perished of radiation related sickness.Hiroshima Nagasaki tells the story of the tragedy through the eyes of the survivors, from the twelve year olds forced to work in war factories to the wives and children who faced it alone Through their ha [...]

  18. Kiersten

    Extremely well written and a surprising page turner for such a dense, intensely researched book Hiroshima Nagasaki is about than just the two cities named in the title The true focus of this book is the moment in time when citizen became acceptable targets of war If injured during the course of a battle, no longer were the women and children left at home simply unfortunate casualties of the war waged on their husbands and fathers in Hiroshima Nagasaki, Paul Ham shows how governments intentional [...]

  19. Patrick Lum

    An incredibly well researched, well argued book that puts the lie to the simplistic and oft repeated argument The Atomic Bombs saved thousands of American lives Not simply a mere retelling of the humanitarian crisis caused by the obliteration of two civilian cities from the earth, nor a sweeping, depersonalised view of the necessity of atomic warfare, Hiroshima Nagasaki places the dawn of the atomic age in a far wider view of the cut throat diplomacy of the Soviet Union and the United States, of [...]

  20. Zack

    I didn t enjoy this book as much as I expected but I expected a different kind of book This was a narrative with a strong bias throughout where I was expecting a factual recounting of the bombings The title of the book does not represent the scope of the book either The first atomic bomb test doesn t happen until the midway point and less than a quarter of the book is actually about the bombings The majority of the book is devoted to the politics that lead to the bombs being used I didn t even b [...]

  21. Mark

    An exhaustive and exhausting history of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Beginning with the Manhattan Project and the surrender of Nazi Germany, Ham covers the political, cultural, scientific and military aspects in play during 1945 in thorough fashion.The chapter describing the bomb being dropped on Hiroshima is the most harrowing thing I ve ever read.A brilliant and highly recommended book.

  22. Alan

    I read this after an ethics class asked if the bombing of Hiroshima was consistent with a just war ethic I think by the end, I was struck by how much even 60 years later, we Americans are fed propaganda about the reasoning behind the bombing of Hiroshima This book is filled to the brim with primary sourcing, so I really don t feel like Ham was trying to just feed propaganda the other direction, but rather carefully built his case.

  23. Bracken

    Incredibly detailed and engrossing chronicle of the atomic bombings The book presents all sides as much as possible I felt even if not all will agree with the conclusions A must read.

  24. Hamish

    Good, if a little long Expertly researched but descends into dry numbers after a while that kind of numbs the vividness of it all Makes me want to think about soviet spies.

  25. Nick

    This book is fantastic, and it boggles the mind that it s viewed as controversial The only controversial thing about it is that it breaks free from decades of propaganda what Ham in the book calls the orthodox view and takes a frank and honest look at the crimes against humanity that the bombs against Hiroshima and Nagasaki were Ham s research is meticulous and his arguments and conclusions are sound And if Ham takes any side, he takes the side of humanity.It s funny to read the negative reviews [...]

  26. Jerome

    A compelling and well written but somewhat lightweight and repetitive history of the Manhattan project, the atomic bomb attacks, the surrender of Japan, and the aftermath Much of the book is composed of moral arguments against the bomb s proponents and developers, as well as the indecisive Japanese leadership and population Ham s arguments aren t hard to sympathize with given the ferocity of the Pacific and Asian theaters, the firebombing, and the scale of atomic warfare , but they still don t a [...]

  27. Mike Cook

    This excellent book covers the atom bomb from the beginnings of the Manhattan Project to the post war years It gives some of the history of the two cities turned to cinders in the blink of an eye It provides insight into the schemes, dreams, machinations and fears of the leaders of the United States and its allies, as well as, the government of Japan Both Hawks and Doves are involved in the decision making process and the struggle got intense between them Obviously, the Hawks won, but how, and w [...]

  28. Maria

    The Americans developed and then drop the first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 The second bomb was dropped on 9 August 1945 Japan surrendered and ended World War II on 15 August 1945 That s usually all American textbooks say Ham, an Australian military historian, has written just under 500 pages there are a lot of footnotes and appendices giving vital context to the design, deployment and aftermath of the world s first atomic bombs.Why I started this book I started reading [...]

  29. Andrew

    A topic which is perhaps relatively neglected in WW2 literature, the dropping of the atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima was a story about which I didn t know a great deal before reading this So Paul Ham managed to educate me in this regard, with lots of things that I knew nothing of.The diplomatic aspect of the story forms the backbone, or spine, of this text and is intriguing and at times gripping At other times though, it doesn t read particularly well and I found th [...]

  30. Kristi Thielen

    Ham s magisterial book tells the story behind the atomic weapons dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and builds a case for the fact that they should never have been used, because the war would have ended when it did without them Two things set this book apart from others I ve read on the same topic Ham provides the pre and post bomb story lines of a number of people who lived in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, thereby engaging the reader with the humanity of these people and he details the story after the [...]

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