A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies

By Martin J. Sherwin
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8.97 Hours 07/14/2010 unabridged
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Continuously in demand since its first, prize-winning edition was published in 1973, this is the classic history of Hiroshima and the origins of the arms race, from the development of the American atomic bomb to the decision to use it against Japan and the beginnings of US atomic diplomacy toward the Soviet Union. In the introduction, the author describes and evaluates the lengthening trail of new evidence that has come to light concerning these often emotionally debated subjects. He also invokes his experience as a historical advisor to the controversial, aborted 1995 Enola Gay exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, which leads him to analyze the impact on American democracy of one of the most insidious legacies of Hiroshima: the political control of historical interpretation.

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Summary

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 Winner of the American History Book Prize

Stuart L. Bernath Prize

Continuously in demand since its first, prize-winning edition was published in 1973, this is the classic history of Hiroshima and the origins of the arms race, from the development of the American atomic bomb to the decision to use it against Japan and the beginnings of US atomic diplomacy toward the Soviet Union. In the introduction, the author describes and evaluates the lengthening trail of new evidence that has come to light concerning these often emotionally debated subjects. He also invokes his experience as a historical advisor to the controversial, aborted 1995 Enola Gay exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, which leads him to analyze the impact on American democracy of one of the most insidious legacies of Hiroshima: the political control of historical interpretation.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Sure to be the definitive study of these particular questions.” Noam Chomsky
“The quality of Sherwin’s research and the strength of his argument are far superior to previous accounts.” New York Times Book Review
“A dispassionate, richly detailed account that promises…to be the definitive book on the formation of atomic-energy policy during World War II.” Time
“One of those rare achievements of conscientious scholarship, a book at once graceful and luminous, yet loyal to its documentation and restrained in its speculations.” Boston Globe

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Author

Author Bio: Martin J. Sherwin

Martin J. Sherwin won the Pulitzer Prize for his book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Stuart L. Bernath Prize and the American History Book Prize for A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies. He is currently a University Professor at George Mason University and professor emeritus at Tufts, where he founded the Nuclear Age History Center.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English