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-1 Tyler Sandusky History 109 Nov 29. 2007 Dr. Bowman The Big Question: “Prompt & Utter Destruction, Truman and the Use of the Atomic Bombs Against Japan” Throughout the world many have accepted that the implementation and use of the atom bomb helped America avoid a brutal invasion of the Japanese mainland. Thanks to the scientists of the time, American strategists were given a new direction of attack and could avoid massive losses of American lives. It was at this time though that our head of state was embroiled in a quagmire of a decision in deciding whether or not to use the atom bomb. It was President Truman, who gave the go-ahead, and it was never something that Truman never really got over. However, he was mostly relieved that the war was finally over, and no further American lives had to be lost. Throughout J. Samuel Walker’s book “Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs Against Japan” he balances between whether or not the use of the bomb was necessary or not. Many questions came out of that time period and why did it happen like it did. The questions that arise out of the situation fueled much debate that is still ongoing today. As tension grew between the United States and the Soviet Union could it have been a scare tactic towards the Russians? Or could it have been done
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to quickly end the war and save American lives? What I got from J. Samuel
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