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Five Days in August : How World War II Became a Nuclear War (Hardcover)

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"Michael Gordin's "Five Days in August" is a gripping reconsideration of how the atomic bomb figured in the ending of World War II. Gordin recounts how the bomb came to be viewed soon after the unexpectedly swift surrender as a special, revolutionary weapon, and he ruminates upon the implications of that shift for weapons policy in the postwar world. In all, a remarkable, thought-provoking book."--Daniel Kevles, author of "The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America"

"With stunning details grounded in a myriad of sources, Gordin captures the ethos of the first nuclear war--how it seemed back in the heat of war, before history revised its estimation of the bomb and made the twin bombings of August 1945 into a unique and self-evidently decisive event. No one can fully understand the end of World War II without taking on board Gordin's study."--Peter Galison, author of "Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré 's Map"

"Bold and provocative. No one has presented these arguments so coherently, so forcefully, and so intelligently with such gripping, dynamic style."--Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, author of "Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan"

"Powerful. "Five Days in August" vigorously proposes new ways of thinking about the World War II atomic bombings, their meanings, and their multiple legacies. It is a book that will provoke controversy and, ideally, help encourage new lines of research, argument, and emphasis. It has a deep critical knowledge and a subtle intelligence. The arguments are arresting and important."--Barton Bernstein, Stanford University


Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780691128184
SKU 202722548
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0691128189
Release Date 12/15/2006
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0209
Publisher Princeton University Press
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