Hiroshima, the American Media, and the Construction of Conventional Wisdom

Hiroshima, the American Media, and the Construction of Conventional Wisdom H i r o s h i m a , t h e A m e r i c a n M e d i a , a n d t h e C o n s t r u c t i o n o f C o n v e n t i o n a l W i s d o m Uday Mohan American University Sanho Tree Institute for Policy Studies Many of today's journalists covering the atomic bombings of World War II write their stories as if President H a r r y S Truman's e n d g a m e with Japan in the months before A u g u s t 1945 entailed only t w o choices: bomb or invasion. In this scenario Truman's use of the bombs against Hiroshima a n d Nagasaki was necessary to secure Japanese capitula- tion a n d prevent a bloody invasion. While this framework lends itself to a tidy, uncluttered narrative, it omits the crucial months prior to the bombings w h e n a confluence of events m i g h t well have b r o u g h t http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American-East Asian Relations Brill

Hiroshima, the American Media, and the Construction of Conventional Wisdom

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Brill
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© 1995 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1058-3947
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1876-5610
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10.1163/187656195X00309
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H i r o s h i m a , t h e A m e r i c a n M e d i a , a n d t h e C o n s t r u c t i o n o f C o n v e n t i o n a l W i s d o m Uday Mohan American University Sanho Tree Institute for Policy Studies Many of today's journalists covering the atomic bombings of World War II write their stories as if President H a r r y S Truman's e n d g a m e with Japan in the months before A u g u s t 1945 entailed only t w o choices: bomb or invasion. In this scenario Truman's use of the bombs against Hiroshima a n d Nagasaki was necessary to secure Japanese capitula- tion a n d prevent a bloody invasion. While this framework lends itself to a tidy, uncluttered narrative, it omits the crucial months prior to the bombings w h e n a confluence of events m i g h t well have b r o u g h t

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Journal of American-East Asian RelationsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1995

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