The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb by Gar Alperovitz

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Controversial in nature, this book demonstrates that the United States did not need to use the atomic bomb against Japan. Alperovitz criticizes one of the most hotly debated precursory events to the Cold War, an event that was largely responsible for the evolution of post-World War II American politics and culture.

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About Gar Alperovitz

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Gar Alperovitz, Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, is cofounder of The Democracy Collaborative. He is a former fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard and of King's College at Cambridge University, where he received his PhD in political economy. He has served as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and as a special assistant in the Department of State. Earlier he was president of the Center for Community Economic Development, Codirector of The Cambridge Institute, and president of the Center for the Study of Public Policy. Dr. Alperovitz's numerous articles have appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times and The Washington Post to The Journal of Economic Issues, Foreign Policy, Diplomatic History , and other academic and popular journals. His most recent book is The Community Wealth Solution, published in 2013. Dr. Alperovitz is also author of America Beyond Capitalism (a new edition of which appeared in 2011), The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb , published in 1995, the 2002 book, Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era (with Thad Williamson and David Imbroscio), and the 2008 book Unjust Deserts (with Lew Daly).
Published December 29, 2010 by Vintage. 866 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Historian Alperovitz argues that America's use of the atomic bomb on Japan was motivated by politics rather than by military necessity.

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