I hate these stupid revisionist historians who think we only used the bomb to impress Stalin. It has become the popular excuse since they can no longer say it was totally unnecessary.
The Manhattan Project & the Dropping of the Atomic Bombs was the subject of my senior thesis. During the entire time, I only found substantial quotes by one person who brought up the Soviet Union when discussing the atomic bomb. One of Truman's advisers thought its use would make the Soviets "easier to manage" after the war. Of course thinking up stuff like this is the job of people in the War Department (now DoD) so it isn't a surprise something thought it up. Truman however was focused on one thing and that was to end WWII as soon as possible and save as many American and Allied lives.
I hate these stupid revisionist historians who think we only used the bomb to impress Stalin.
It's hard to get tenure by dealing in a pedestrian old commodity: the truth.
Well, that's the way a lot of historians seem to think these days.
One reason they probably hated Stephen Ambrose so much...he just told the
(ok, he did cheat a bit on that one book...)
posted on 05/06/2004 7:32:49 PM PDT
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