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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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Was the bomb dropped to end the war more quickly?

Each week, our editors select the tqkaki author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Hiroshima is a past that is not even past, and we ignore it at our peril. Instead, he focuses on how it was used to scare the Soviets and because of racist feelings. Mar 10, B rated it really liked it.

Ronald Takaki: The Lessons of Hiroshima

Jun 03, Tom Darrow rated it really liked it. Aside from exploring the personal and cultural psychology of dropping the bomb, Takaki also analyzes a series of standard arguments for the use of atomic weaponry against Japan.

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Dehumanizing the Japanese in culture and society made them likelier targets for atomic destruction, Takaki argues.

Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb

Emily rated it really liked it Jul 22, Sep 08, Becky rated it it was amazing. Hal Johnson rated it liked it Nov 22, All of hirohima believed that Japan had already been beaten and that the war would soon end. Hiiroshima, Takaki asserts that Truman, who claimed to be at peace with his decision for the rest of his career, was driven to use the bomb out of a deeply ingrained sense of insecurity; in fact, based on Truman’s diaries, Takaki shows that he was a sensitive man, deeply troubled about his decision to use the bomb.

Brian rated it liked it Aug 03, Trending on HNN in Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral William Leahy, expressed takxki best when he hirosgima “My own feeling is that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to barbarians of the Dark Ages. Those who do not know history, a philosopher warned, will be doomed to repeat it. Personalities mattered, especially in the decision to drop the bomb.

I’m not exactly usually a fan of non-fiction, but I found this book to be a very interesting read.

Ronald Takaki: The Lessons of Hiroshima | History News Network

Takaki portrays government leaders as highly concerned with using their new weapon to frighten Stalin, keep the Soviet Huroshima out of the Pacific hiroshoma, and demonstrate American power. Feb 08, Emily Taylor is currently reading it. A professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Takaki has published much on multiculturalism and ethnicity, especially in terms of American history; his earlier works include Strangers from a Different Shore and A Different Mirror.


There are times when you think that he is presenting a particular point of view, hiroshimaa see that he has presented many sides of the long and complex process of what went into the fateful decision. Books by Ronald Takaki.

It was thoroughly researched and has a many pages referencing exactly where the information was obtained. Ronald Toshiyuki Takaki was an Tzkaki academic, historian, ethnographer and author.

Takaki looks with special emphasis at the takakki negotiations of the Potsdam Conference to demonstrate the crucial place that nuclear technology occupied in dealings between the U.

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. Append content without editing the whole page source.

All of the information within is explained really well, and Takaki writes in a way that is easy to understand but still tskaki engaging. Relying on top secret military reports, diaries, and personal letters, Takaki relates international policies to the individuals involved: Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Takaki shows that the atomic bombings grew out of a psychology of mass destruction, fueled by a loathing for Japan tinged with racism; this led to massive firebombings of Tokyo and Yokohama that claimed tens of thousands of Japanese lives.