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Day of the Bomb; Countdown to Hiroshima

Kurzman, Dan

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ISBN 10: 0070356831 / ISBN 13: 9780070356832
Published by McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1985
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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xiv, [2], 546, [6] pages. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Minor damp stain at bottom of inside of DJ and on the bottom edge of the book (covers and some pages). Dan Kurzman was a former foreign correspondent for the Washington Post. Kurzman had written or broadcast from almost every country in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. His dispatches from Cuba earned him the Front Page Award. He has also won the George Polk Memorial Award and the Overseas Press Club's Cornelius Ryan Award. Day of the Bomb vividly explores the momentous decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan--a decision that would thrust the world into a new and perilous era. Kurzman skillfully interweaves the stories of the key American and Japanese players in that drama as they tried to master destiny, only to become its pawns. Here are newly installed President Truman, who was terrified by the thought of using the bomb, but even more by the thought of history's judgment if he failed to use it. Here also are Emperor Hirohito, Klaus Fuchs, Leo Szilard, Robert Oppenheimer, and others who were driven by egoism and idealism. Bookseller Inventory # 75338

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Title: Day of the Bomb; Countdown to Hiroshima

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Edition: First Printing [Stated].

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RARE BRAND NEW FIRST EDITION First Printing dust jacket hardcover, clean NEW text, free tracking number, solid binding, NO remainders NOT ex-library, smoke free; slight gentle shelfwear / storage-wear; WE SHIP FAST. 201907717 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. Carefully packed and quickly sent. Please choose Priority / Expedited shipping for faster delivery. (No shipping to Mexico, Brazil, Argentina or Italy.)

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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
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