Prompt and Utter Destruction, Third Edition
Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan
By J. Samuel Walker
160 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 8 halftones, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2897-4
Published: August 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2898-1
Published: June 2016
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Rising above an often polemical debate, the third edition presents an accessible synthesis of previous work and new research to help make sense of the events that ushered in the atomic age.
About the Author
J. Samuel Walker is a prize-winning historian and author of books on the history of American foreign policy, nuclear energy, and college basketball.
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Praise for previous editions:
"Brief, lucidly written, and thoroughly documented, this book may well be the best existing report on the decision to use the bomb. Professional historians as well as undergraduates will find it fascinating."--Isis
"Walker's book is the most useful layman's synthesis of the debate in print."--Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
"The author's ability to cover the most important issues with economy . . . make[s] this an excellent addition to the literature, particularly useful for beginning students."--Foreign Affairs
"So intelligent is Walker’s book, so balanced, economical, lucid, and deeply informed, that those reading it will never again believe that the decision to drop the bomb was uncomplicated."--Technology & Culture
"Mature, confident scholarship, this is the best synthetic study of the use of the atomic bomb."--International History Review