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
Journal of American-East Asian Relations – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1995
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