Hiroshima's Shadow: Writings on the Denial of History and the Smithsonian Controversy

Kai Bird

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Synopsis: From Booklist: This anthology is representative of the vast literature critical of Truman's use of the atom bomb. Its inspiration is indicated by a section devoted to the 1995 cancellation, under pressure from veterans and journalists, of the Smithsonian's intended display of the Enola Gay. Had Bird and Lifschultz wanted a subtitle, "The Revenge of the Revisionist Historians" would have been apt, for aside from two articles (e.g., Paul Fussell's "Thank God for the Atom Bomb") and some editorials, every selection takes issue with reasons advanced for the atomic bombing of Japan. To be sure, the revisionists represented here (such as Gar Alperovitz and Martin Sherwin) have conducted quality research that challenges "myths" about the bombings--mainly that Japan was not seeking to surrender or that the invasion alternative to bombing would have killed a half million Americans. Still, lowering the estimate of possible casualties to tens of thousands is no solace to such would-be invaders as Fussell. A valuable library resource. Gilbert Taylor

Review: ...an enormously valuable and long overdue collection that it is hoped will remain on researchers' and reporters' shelves for years to come. -- The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, Greg Mitchell

As we close out this millennium, there is little doubt that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II may well emerge as the most debated event of the century. "Hiroshima's Shadow," which painstakingly retraces the steps leading to America's decision to use atomic weapons against innocent Japanese civilians and unflinchingly questions the politics behind the choice, is a stunning and unforgettable collection of essays and memoirs that emerges as the most comprehensive work written to date on the subject. Edited by Kai Bird, an author and contributing editor for The Nation, and Lawrence Lifschultz, who has written extensively on Asian and European history for international publications, this sobering and impressive book had its impetus for publication in the Smithsonian Institution's cancellation, under significant political pressure, of its original Enola Gay exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the bombings. A significant part of the research documented in "Hiroshima's Shadow" was the nucleus of the censored exhibit, and its cancellation drew condemnation from many sources, including the Organization of American Historians. The printing of this book is a triumphant victory for the many whose voices were untimely silenced and for those who fought for their opposition to the bombings to be heard, such as the 155 Manhattan Project scientists who appealed in vain to the Truman administration. Included are some key historical documents, some published for the first time, the heart-wrenching testimony of survivors of the horrific bombing, the reflections of independent writers and intellectuals from Albert Camus to Mahatma Gandhi, and the haunting, worth-more-than-a-thousand-words photographs of Yosuke Yamahata, the Japanese photographer who captured the devastation in Nagasaki the morning after it was bombed. The volume concludes with the 1996 opinion of the World Court declaring the use of nuclear weapons as a violation of international and humanitarian law. This is imperative reading for students of history and politics, as well as anyone who believes that if we do not learn from the past, we will, in fact, be condemned to repeat it. -- From Independent Publisher

One virtue of Hiroshima's Shadow ... is that it does more than recall the agony of the victims. It is focused, instead, on something subtler: the long-lasting moral damage to those who choose deliberately to obliterate hundreds of thousands of civilian lives at a single stroke, and then try to justify that choice.... What happened to the Japanese is well-known. What happened to us deserves the scrutiny that this book provides.... Hiroshima's Shadow is maddeningly repetitious.... It is at once enormous in range and obsessive in detail. But there is a real reward in winnowing from these accounts the revealing--and often shocking--comments both of major contributors to the official legend and of their critics. -- The Nation, H. Jack Geiger

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