Hiroshima Nagasaki Paperback – 18 Jul 2013
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"[A] vivid, comprehensive and quietly furious account...Paul Ham brings new tools to the job, unearthing fresh evidence of a deeply disturbing sort. He has a magpie eye for the telling detail" (Ben Macintyre The Times)
"We are in Paul Ham's debt for showing that it is unjustifiable to consider ever again dropping an atomic bomb...Comprehensive and horrifying" (Jonathan Mirsky Literary Review)
"Provocative and challenging, Paul Ham's book strips away the cosy myth that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended the Second World War...A voice that is both vigorous and passionate" (Christopher Sylvester Daily Express)
"Controversial...Gives an eye-witness picture that leaves Dante's Inferno looking pale...Well documented and stringently argued" (Peter Lewis Daily Mail)
"With more detail than the average text book yet written in a way that pulls you in ... this is essential for anyone remotely interested in our history" (Sydney Sunday Telegraph)
The first narrative history of the nuclear attack told from both the Japanese and American viewpoints.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The lead up to August 1945, and the aftermath, is covered from a number of different angles: historical and political as well as military and scientific. Aspects of the book are based on extensive interviews with eighty survivors and depict the human communities of the two cities before and after they were destroyed. So much of the damage was civilian: schools, hospitals, and the homes of so many - primarily women, children and the aged.
`It is an atomic bomb. It is a harnessing of the basic power of the universe. The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war to the Far East.'
Paul Ham writes that the orthodox view of why the atomic bombs were dropped is President Harry S Truman's justification (enunciated two years after the decision was made) that the bombs saved the necessity of invading Japan and the loss of one million American servicemen. Ham scrutinises this ex post facto justification: pointing out that the atomic bombs were not the only option and, in any case, Japan was rapidly running out of the raw materials required in order to continue.Read more ›
There are details included here that I did not previously know and this adds to the horror of the eventual bombings. I could wait until I finished the book to review it, but I very much doubt that my views will change between now and then. This is an excellent book detailing one of the most brutal campaigns in the history of warfare. The author has presented the facts with out bias one way or the other and as such this read presents the data as a time line upon which you can make up your own mind.
The key players here are well researched and presented as humanely as possible. Given that I am only half way through, I cannot judge it on the details about some of the people involved, but I hoping that there will be more about the story of the man who gave the plans to the Russians, rather than the brief mention he has had so far in the narrative.
So for historical accuracy, for remaining neutral when dealing with a very emotive subject, I can only give this book five stars, although it does deserve more. I am though expecting to shed some tears before I finish this long and involving book. Given that we have just marked the seventieth anniversary of these bombings, I would recommend that this book should be read by all who express an opinion on the use of Nuclear Weapons.
It seemed to me to be well researched and looked at 'the facts' from all points of view to try and give an accurate account of events and people leading up to the dropping of the bomb. It delved into the politics of the time and tried to point out motivations that I had not considered before. Russia, Japan, America and England were all considered as well as the scientists and the part they played
It was well worth reading and I may well re-read at some point.
Paul Ham's book tills much old ground. His familiar material includes the evolution of bombing that has been told, often wrongly, many, many times. His account of the development of the nuclear bomb is poor, potted, inaccurate in places and tiresome.Likewise, his account of the use of propaganda by Japan and the Allies is old-hat.
Readers who are not familiar with the mountains of research on the decision to attack Hiroshima and Nagasaki should treat this book with caution. The author is clearly one who knows little of the actualities of war or warfare. He has little understanding of the context in which decisions like Hiroshima were made.The context is crucial. In 1945 Europe was in ruins and chaos. We were revolted by the the horror of Hitler's death camps. There was growing fear for the safety of thousands of Allied prisoners in Japanese hands. The world was beginning to learn that the behaviour of the Japanese military was depraved and bestial.
The direction of war is not for the squeamish. Little objection had been raised to the killing of some 750,000 German and Japanese civilians by conventional bombing. Those who know little of battle, like the author, are deluded to imagine that death by nuclear weapons is uniquely awful. Artillery, flame throwers, mines also do terrible things to the human frame.Nuclear weapons are horrific but even given their residual consequences they are only one means of inflicting misery and death.
Despite what Ham says the evidence makes clear that using the bomb made a very bloody invasion of Japan redundant.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book that gives so much technical, political and military detail about the issue as well as the human side. A must read if visiting Japan.Published 1 month ago by Martin Stoner
This book reflects on depressing events that needn't have happened and if there is one thing that sticks in my mind from this book, apart from the sadness of death and lack of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by sychnant
"Hiroshima Nagasaki" is a lightweight treatment by prolific journalist author Paul Ham of a very complex issue, namely, the strategic and moral justifications for dropping... Read morePublished 11 months ago by James Bowen
The title of my review, containing the word "introductory" is misleading. This is a HUGE book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Botnik Roller
This period of history should be required reading for anyone seeking to govern, or be governed, in the nuclear age. Read morePublished 16 months ago by literary glutton
An interesting account of the political background to the development and use of the atomic bombs. An account in which the technical, military and physics elements are largely... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Andrew
Obviously well researched, and very well-written. It gives great insight into both the Japanese and American situations. I feel I now have a much better understanding ... Read morePublished 22 months ago by JW
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