The passing of August 6th will forever recall the U.S.’s first atomic bombing in Japan at the city of Hiroshima in 1945.
Most Americans are taught that President Harry Truman made a nail-biting decision to drop the bomb in order to avoid a land war in Japan that would result in the death of countless Japanese and American soldiers alike. But is that really the story?
The debunking of this myth is the centerpiece of Oliver Stone’s miniseries, Untold History of the United States. Here, in “Episode 3: The Bomb,” Stone sets the stage for the struggle that ensues in the lead-up to the attack, providing strong evidence that many politicians and military men in positions of command deemed the bomb to be unnecessary. We’re told that Truman was a good man who did the right thing even though it was hard. What if Truman was an opportunist who did the wrong thing, and what if he did it because it was easier than standing up to his colleagues who felt the war simply had to be ended by the bomb in order to send a message to the Soviet Union?
Here is “The Bomb…”