Day of the Bomb: Countdown to Hiroshima

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9780070356887: Day of the Bomb: Countdown to Hiroshima

1985-87 (agrees with Amazon ISBN, but dates printed in book a bit ambiguous), McGraw-Hill, paperback, 546 pp.

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Kurzman (Genesis 1948) recounts the events leading to the decision to drop the first atomic bomb, preparations for delivery over the target, the event itself, and the aftermath as it affected the officials most closely involved. Using delicate strokes on a grand canvas that includes portraits of President Truman, prime ministers and the emperor of Japan, the author probes the minds of those who conceived the bomb and developed it, and those who subsequently tried to prevent its use. The latter included Leo Szillard, who "tried to switch off the machine he had created . . . lest it light the road to Armageddon." There's a wealth of rich new material here, including Kurzman's convincing speculations about Klaus Fuchs's complicated motivations in passing atomic secrets to the Russians, and fresh insights into policy discussions at the highest levels in both the United States and Japan. Kurzman performs a mighty feat of research and writing in a comprehensive account of the interrelated details of the most awesome tragedy of the century. Literary Guild selection; Military Book Club alternate; author tour. November 25
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

Many books and movies base their stories on the lives of people from various backgrounds and nationalities converging in a single decisive event. John Hersey's moving classic Hiroshima (1946; 1985, rev. ed.) used this formula. So does Kurzman's in this latest addition to the shelf full of books inspired by the 40th anniversary of the nuclear age. Unfortunately, despite considerable background research and capable writing, this work demonstrates that the formula approach to such a momentous historical event can be mechanistic, almost trite. For general readers, a better book on the excitement and fear engendered by the bomb is Peter Wyden's Day One ( LJ 11/1/84). CBS is planning a docudrama based on Day of the Bomb. Literary Guild and Military Book Club alternates; History Book club main selection. Charles K. Piehl, Director of Grants Management, Mankato State Univ., Minn.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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