Dinesh Mohan
The Fate of the Earth by Jonathan Schell Picador, U.K., 1982, 244 pp., £1.95
How to Get Rid of the Bomb —A Peace Action Handbookby Gavin Scott Fontana Paperbacks, U.K., 1982, 189 pp., £ 1.95
Nov-Dec 1982, volume 7, No 3

Thirty Seven years ago President Truman of the Uni­ted States of America drop­ped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When he learn­ed of the successful attack on Hiroshima he leapt up in the air and exclaimed, ‘This is the greatest thing in history.’1

Truman and his generals had known for some time that Japan was going to surrender anyway. But that was not their only concern. They had other reasons too for wanting to drop the Bomb.

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