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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Countdown to Hiroshima: X Minus 5 Days

Last year at The Nation I wrote daily reports in the two weeks leading up to an event I have been writing about over and over (including in two books) for the past thirty years: the use of the atomic bomb against Japan.  Here's the report for this day, August 1, in 1945.

Includes this: "Today he [Truman] gives a letter to Stalin, which confounds him.  Earlier, Stalin had promised to declare war  on Japan around August 7.  Now Truman writes that more consultation is needed.  Truman had pushed for the entry, writing in his diary "fini Japs" when that occurred, even without use of The Bomb.  Now that he has the bomb in his 'pocket' he apparently hopes to stall the Soviets."

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