1.1 500,000 American casualties if an invasion on
1.1 HARRY S. TRUMAN & THE BOMB A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY
1.2 Robert H. Ferrell editor with commentary
1.3 High Plains Publishing Company, Inc.
2.1 The title fits the story line because the story is about Truman's decision on dropping the atomic bomb. This is a non-fiction book that includes diary entries, letters, White House press releases, and handwritten notes by Truman. These documents are from 1945-1958 and are all related in the decision to drop the atomic bomb.
2.2 The author's points are that Truman used all available sources to help him make the decision of dropping the bomb (military advisors, scientists, what he saw in Germany) and he believed that dropping the atomic bomb saved lives.
2.3 Yes, I accept the author's thesis. I believe Truman used all his resources. For example he checked with the military for how many people would die if America would invade Japan. When Truman went to Berlin he saw total destruction and in his diary called it “Hitler's folly.” By using the casualty rates at Iwo Jima and Okinawa military experts estimated 500,000 American casualties if an invasion on the home island took place. This is much greater than the number of people killed by the atomic bomb.
3.1 The author is writing to Americans.
3.2 The author investigates if America was justified for dropping the atomic bomb on Japan. The author looks at the documents of the time period (diaries, letters, and memos), examines how the Japanese treated prisoners and conquered people, and looks at battle casualty rates.
3.3 The author is pro-American. When he wrote the intro he includes statements against the Japanese such as, “The barbarities of the war had their beginnings in Japan's war against China…Between 100,000 to 200,000 people were killed by occupying troops for no reason at all except what may only be described as blood lust.”(Pg1) Throughout the intro the author uses words such as countless horrors, …