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Hiroshima's Shadow (Writings on the denial of history & the Smithsonian controversy) [Hardcover]

Kai Bird , Lawrence Lifschultz
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  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Pamphleteer's Press,U.S. (22 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963058738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963058737
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 19 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,933,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essays and memoirs discuss the decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan in 1945.

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A delightfully nutty perspective 20 Nov 1998
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Format:Hardcover
I am reading this book, so I thought I'd check to see what others have said about it. As I expected, the reviews online come from cheerleaders of the revisionist camp. Personally, I find the book to be useful information from the leftist perspective. I keep thinking: yes, yes, all that is true enough, but from the information available to Truman in July 1945, did he have any alternative but to authorize the use of the bomb?
I'll post further thoughts on my website.
-- Dan Ford
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hiroshima's Shadows presents voices from all sides 23 Aug 1998
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Here is an extract from my review of 'Hiroshima's Shadows', that appeared in 'New Politics', no. 25 (Summer 1998):
'Hiroshima's Shadow: Writings on the Denial of History and the Smithsonian Controversy' is an enormous, and aesthetically handsome work, bringing together nearly 50 essays between between 1945 and 1997 by scholars, military, political and religious leaders, independent intellectuals, and survivors of the atomic bombings. The book is unusual in that, though it has a strong editorial point of view, the editors unflinchingly present voices from all sides of the argument.
The contribors include Albert Camus, Dwight Macdonald, Lewis Mumford, Mary McCarthy, A.J. Muste, among others. Defenders of the bomb include Charles Krauthammer who says that we should "let the Japanese commemorate the catastrophe they brought on themselves" (rather than mourn the use of the bomb), and Paul Fussel, an English professor and ex-front line combatant, who raises the slogan, "thank god for the atomic bomb." An even wider range of ideological positions is represented on the side of the critics: Lifschultz and Bird have recovered an anti-bomb editorial from the paleo-right-wing 'Human Events' and placed it alongside the observations of Mahatma Gandhi and Norman Thomas. As the editors put it, "the usual distinctions of left and right on economic and social issues were not reliable guides which could accurately predt what people thought about Hiroshima."
A substantial section of the book contains memoirs of a few survivors. These memoirs underscore the enduring reality that it was civilians, not military objectives, who were then, and remain, the prime target of nuclear weapons.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most comprehensive and balanced account to date. 31 July 1998
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Hiroshima's Shadow is perhaps the most comprehensive and balanced collection of essays to date on the decision to use atomic bombs against Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
While some insist on a single interpretation of these events and label any reinterpretation as unpatriotic or unAmerican, the New York Times put it best: "The real betrayal of American tradition would be to insist on a single version of history or to make it the property of the state or any group. History in America is based on freedom of inquiry and discussion, which is one reason why Americans have given their lives to defend it."
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiroshima's Shadows presents voices from all sides 23 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Here is an extract from my review of 'Hiroshima's Shadows', that appeared in 'New Politics', no. 25 (Summer 1998):
'Hiroshima's Shadow: Writings on the Denial of History and the Smithsonian Controversy' is an enormous, and aesthetically handsome work, bringing together nearly 50 essays between between 1945 and 1997 by scholars, military, political and religious leaders, independent intellectuals, and survivors of the atomic bombings. The book is unusual in that, though it has a strong editorial point of view, the editors unflinchingly present voices from all sides of the argument.
The contribors include Albert Camus, Dwight Macdonald, Lewis Mumford, Mary McCarthy, A.J. Muste, among others. Defenders of the bomb include Charles Krauthammer who says that we should "let the Japanese commemorate the catastrophe they brought on themselves" (rather than mourn the use of the bomb), and Paul Fussel, an English professor and ex-front line combatant, who raises the slogan, "thank god for the atomic bomb." An even wider range of ideological positions is represented on the side of the critics: Lifschultz and Bird have recovered an anti-bomb editorial from the paleo-right-wing 'Human Events' and placed it alongside the observations of Mahatma Gandhi and Norman Thomas. As the editors put it, "the usual distinctions of left and right on economic and social issues were not reliable guides which could accurately predict what people thought about Hiroshima."
A substantial section of the book contains memoirs of a few survivors. These memoirs underscore the enduring reality that it was civilians, not military objectives, who were then, and remain, the prime target of nuclear weapons.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first totally fair and balanced treatment of Hiroshima bombing 26 Aug 2013
By danielcucich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Hiroshima's Shadow is a great book which contrary to what one reviewer claims, is not "revisionist history". To the contrary, it is a book of of essays written by a dozen different authors representing in equal number both sides of the controversy.

The essays contained therein are equally divided between supporters and critics of the bombing of Hiroshima. How is including in equal number, the viewpoints of both sides of a controversy, "revisionist" History-except in the eyes of zealous and possibly slightly insecure jingoists?

After reading all the pro-Truman, and pro-bombing advocates, the most persuasive to me, was the essay by journalist, and Wall Street Journal writer, Al Hunt, whose father served in WW-2 in the Pacific. Hunt spoke far more persuasively to me personally than any of the excellent essays of the various distinguished historians whose essays are also included in this book.

Hiroshima's Shadow is must reading for all who would like to read the best arguments from both sides of this controversial episode of American history. The book is well worth the money regardless of where you come down on this issue.
13 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A delightfully nutty perspective 20 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am reading this book, so I thought I'd check to see what others have said about it. As I expected, the reviews online come from cheerleaders of the revisionist camp. Personally, I find the book to be useful information from the leftist perspective. I keep thinking: yes, yes, all that is true enough, but from the information available to Truman in July 1945, did he have any alternative but to authorize the use of the bomb?
I'll post further thoughts on my website.
-- Dan Ford
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