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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Not a book I would normally read in my free time, but I’m definitely glad I did. Create account or Sign in. As in these preceding books, Takaki applies a critical perspective toward race and culture in America with Hiroshima. A very well-researched and concise hiroshim of the decision-making process that went into using the atomic bomb.

Ronald Takaki: The Lessons of Hiroshima

Alexis rated it really liked it Aug 10, Preview — Hiroshima by Ronald Takaki. Lizzya1 rated it really liked it Jun 04, Full of primary source references and well written. Michael Walzer’s review of this book says it all. Aug 24, Millie Yule rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 05, Kelsey rated it it was amazing. The bombing of Hiroshima was one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century, yet this controversial question remains unresolved. I’m not exactly usually a fan of non-fiction, but I found this book to be takzki very interesting read.

Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb

New America Media Ronald Takaki: Or did it herald the start of the Cold War? In fact, from a military point of view, Gen. We still live in the shadow of Hiroshima, though most of us do not know why or how it happened.


What People Think Now. He considers the cultural context of race – the ways in which stereotypes of the Japanese influenced public opinion and policymakers – and also probes the human dimension. Takaki shows that the atomic bombings grew out of a psychology of mass destruction, fueled by a loathing for Japan twkaki with racism; this led to massive firebombings of Tokyo and Yokohama that claimed tens of thousands of Japanese hiroshimaa.

Those who do not know history, a philosopher warned, will be doomed to repeat it. To advance this thesis, Dr.

Relying on top secret military reports, diaries, and personal letters, Takaki relates international policies to the individuals involved: Trending on HNN in There was a problem adding your email address. 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. Though I felt I knew a fair amount about the topic, I learned quite a bit from Takaki’s book.

Even as someone who typically does not read many history books, I genuinely enjoyed learning about the complexity of this critical decision. Referring to popular films of the time and memories of average people, the author shows how a general hatred of the Japanese provided a cultural environment in which outright annihilation of a people was conceivable.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3. The history of this world-shattering event offers us lessons on war, race, leadership, reason, judgment, and the importance of cross-cultural understanding. I would really recommend it to someone interested in the dilemma of Hiroshima.

Find out what you can do. Takaki states that an invasion hirosbima have been less costly than publicly claimed by Truman, and was not even necessary since Japan was known to be on the verge of surrender. How to edit pages? How to join this site? Driven by strategic rather than military concerns, Secretary of State James Byrnes wanted to delay the ending of the Pacific War.


Was the bomb dropped to end the war more quickly? Feb 08, Emily Taylor is currently reading it. Published September 1st by Back Bay Books first published All of them believed that Japan had already been beaten and that the war would soon end. Jun 03, Tom Darrow rated it really liked it. May 06, Ted rated it really liked it. Sep 08, Becky rated hiroshkma it was amazing. Edit History Tags Source. The makes use of a great number of insider sources, like the scientists, politicians and generals who were all involved in the decision making process.

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I cannot leave out the fact that he has done hiroshina very good job of describing what “total war” meant, and means now; this was hard to read, but important and significant. Might change your mind about the reasons we dropped the bomb. Want to Read saving….

This was an excellent book. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Nov 13, Debra rated it it was amazing.