Gordin, Michael D.

Five Days in August : How World War II Became a Nuclear War - Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2015. - 1 online resource (231 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations; Preface to the Paperback Edition; Acknowledgments; Chronology; CHAPTER 1: Endings; CHAPTER 2: Shock; CHAPTER 3: Special; CHAPTER 4: Miracle; CHAPTER 5: Papacy; CHAPTER 6: Revolution; CHAPTER 7: Beginnings; CODA: On the Scholarly Literature; Abbreviations Used in Notes; Notes; Index

Most Americans believe that the Second World War ended because the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan forced it to surrender. Five Days in August boldly presents a different interpretation: that the military did not clearly understand the atomic bomb's revolutionary strategic potential, that the Allies were almost as stunned by the surrender as the Japanese were by the attack, and that not only had experts planned and fully anticipated the need for a third bomb, they were skeptical about whether the atomic bomb would work at all. With these ideas, Michael Gordin reorients the historical

9781400874439 37.43 (NL),37.43 (UA),31.19 (3U),24.95 (1U)

Atomic bomb -- United States -- History.
Capitulations, Military -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Hiroshima-shi (Japan) -- History -- Bombardment, 1945.
Nagasaki-shi (Japan) -- History -- Bombardment, 1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan.

Electronic books.

D767.25.H6 -- G67 2007eb