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The Resource Before the bomb : how America approached the end of the Pacific War, John D. Chappell

Before the bomb : how America approached the end of the Pacific War, John D. Chappell

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Before the bomb : how America approached the end of the Pacific War
Title
Before the bomb
Title remainder
how America approached the end of the Pacific War
Statement of responsibility
John D. Chappell
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Almost forgotten in the haze of events following Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the summer of 1945 witnessed an intense public debate over how best to end the war against Japan. Weary of fighting, the American people were determined to defeat the imperial power that had so viciously attacked them in December 1941, but they were uncertain of the best means to accomplish this goal. Certain of victory - the "inevitable triumph" promised by Franklin Roosevelt immediately after Pearl Harbor - Americans became increasingly concerned about the human cost of defeating Japan. Particularly after the brutal Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns, syndicated columnists, newspaper editorialists, radio commentators, and others questioned the necessity of invasion. A lengthy naval and aerial siege would have saved lives but might have protracted the war beyond the public's patience. Advertisers filled the media with visions of postwar affluence even as the government was exhorting its citizens to remain dedicated to the war effort. There was heated discussion as well about the morality of firebombing Japanese cities and of using poison gas and other agents of chemical warfare. Chappell provides a balanced assessment of all these debates, grounding his observations in a wealth of primary sources. He also discusses the role of racism, the demand for unconditional surrender, and the government's reaction to public opinion in the decision to drop the atomic bomb. Compelling and controversial, this is the first work to examine the confusing and contradictory climate of the American home front in the months leading up to V-J Day
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Chappell, John D.
Dewey number
940.53
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
D810.P85
LC item number
U53 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Public opinion
Label
Before the bomb : how America approached the end of the Pacific War, John D. Chappell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [215]-237) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A war half won -- Images of the enemy -- How long will this war last? -- Visions of abundance -- Okinawa -- The sinister cloud -- Assault or siege? -- Unconditional surrender -- Resolution
Control code
35262273
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780813119878
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96031070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Before the bomb : how America approached the end of the Pacific War, John D. Chappell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [215]-237) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A war half won -- Images of the enemy -- How long will this war last? -- Visions of abundance -- Okinawa -- The sinister cloud -- Assault or siege? -- Unconditional surrender -- Resolution
Control code
35262273
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780813119878
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96031070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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