The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

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The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth is a book by Gar Alperovitz which criticizes the U.S. decision to end the war with Japan by using atomic bombs.[1]

The argument assumes with no evidence that Japan would have quickly surrendered. It ignores the American and Russian war plans that would have left millions of Japanese dead.

Alonzo Hamby of Ohio University calls the book "a lawyer's brief, repetitively citing evidence that supports its position, ignoring anything that does not."[1]

Skates, John Ray. Invasion of Japan: Alternative to the Bomb (2000) provides a thorough refutation.

The destruction of Hiroshima took place on August 6, 1945. The Japanese did not respond to this, perhaps because the Japanese high command did not fully appreciate the magnitude of a disaster that had virtually cut off all communications from one of Japan's largest cities. Then on August 9, 1945, came the destruction of Nagasaki. On that day the Soviet Union formally declared war on Japan and launched an invasion of Japanese-occupied Manchuria in China. The Emperor of Japan then instructed his government to surrender unconditionally.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Alperovitz argues that the atomic bomb was unnecessary to end World War II. [1]