Five Days in August: How World War II Became a Nuclear War

Five Days in August: How World War II Became a Nuclear War

Michael D. Gordin

Most american citizens think that the second one international battle ended as the atomic bombs dropped on Japan pressured it to give up. Five Days in August boldly provides a distinct interpretation: that the army didn't sincerely comprehend the atomic bomb's innovative strategic capability, that the Allies have been nearly as surprised by means of the quit because the eastern have been by means of the assault, and that not just had specialists deliberate and completely expected the necessity for a 3rd bomb, they have been skeptical approximately even if the atomic bomb might paintings in any respect. With those rules, Michael Gordin reorients the historic and modern dialog concerning the A-bomb and global struggle II.

Five Days in August explores those and numerous different legacies of the atomic bomb in a obtrusive new gentle. bold and iconoclastic, it is going to lead to far-reaching discussions concerning the importance of the A-bomb, approximately global warfare II, and concerning the ethical matters they've got spawned.

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