Downfall; The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire

New York: Random House, 1999. First Edition [stated]. Hardcover. xix, [1], 484, [8] pages. Illustrations. Maps. Appendices. Notes. Bibliographic Note. Index. DJ is price clipped. Richard B. Frank (born 1947 in Kansas) is an American lawyer and military historian. Frank graduated from the University of Missouri in 1969, after which he served four years in the United States Army. During the Vietnam War, he served a tour of duty as a platoon leader in the 101st Airborne Division. In 1976, he graduated from Georgetown University Law Center. With the same balance that Frank afforded his first book, his second, Downfall, takes a look at the arguments that praise or condemn the decision to use atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II. Downfall, which won the Harry S. Truman Book Award, takes the position that President Truman's decision to drop the bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima was the correct one, though the author adds some qualifiers. In a riveting narrative that includes information from newly declassified documents, acclaimed historian Richard B. Frank gives a scrupulously detailed explanation of the critical months leading up to the dropping of the atomic bomb. Frank explains how American leaders learned in the summer of 1945 that their alternate strategy to end the war by invasion had been shattered by the massive Japanese buildup on Kyushu, and that intercepted diplomatic documents also revealed the dismal prospects of negotiation. Here also, for the first time, is a comprehensive account of how Japan's leaders were willing to risk complete annihilation to preserve the nation's existing order. Frank's comprehensive account demolishes long-standing myths with the stark realities of this great historical controversy. Condition: Very good / Very good.

Keywords: Atomic Bomb, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Japanese Empire, Hirohito, Curtis LeMay, Potsdam, Strategic Bombing, Harry Truman, Ketsu Operation, B-29, Operation Downfall, Operation Olympic

ISBN: 007941424X

[Book #77575]

Price: $50.00

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