THE IRREVERSIBLE DECISION: 1939-1950 by Batchelder Robert C.

THE IRREVERSIBLE DECISION: 1939-1950

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is an outstanding book, an uncommonly well-written examination of the whole chain of events that led to the atomic bombing of Japan and the nuclear arms race. The author sets about proving that the atomic bomb was not a significant factor in Japan's defeat but it was the decisive factor in enabling the moderates to force a surrender. Reviewing the matter on broad ethical grounds, he concludes that military thinking dominated the whole series of decisions and that had political (and ethical) thinking been introduced another course would have been possible. In the light of present events this is an important book for young and old.

Pub Date: Jan. 22nd, 1961
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin