Authors

William Weiss

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Presentation Host

Nick Manderfield

Publication/Presentation Date

Spring 5-13-2015

Abstract/Description

Few Presidential actions have generated more controversy than Truman’s decision to use atomic bombs against Japan to end WW II. Local historian Bill Weiss examines the issues based on recently released information from formerly secret American and Russian archives. Learn what the last months were like in the Pacific; American preparations for a possible invasion and Japan’s mindset at this crucial time that lead to the life-saving decision.