Truman, the Bomb, and the End of the War in the Pacific
Lecture no. 29 from the course: World War II: A Military and Social History
Taught by Professor Thomas Childers | 27 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
In the summer of 1945, with Germany defeated, the FDR deal and signs of war weariness emerging in the United States, President Truman faced the prospect of a bloody invasion of Japan. This lecture explores the political, military, and moral implications of President Truman's decision to use the new atomic bomb in hopes of forcing an early Japanese surrender. It includes the background of the firebombing raids on Tokyo and other Japanese cities, as well as the actual missions against Hiroshima and Nagasaki.