On august 9 a second atomic bomb was dropped on nagasaki where 80000 japanese people perished on august 14 1945 the japanese surrendered critics have charged that trumans decision was a barbaric act that brought negative long term consequences to the united states. This collection focuses on the decision to drop the atomic bomb it includes 76 documents totaling 632 pages covering the years 1945 through 1964 supporting materials include an online version of truman and the bomb a documentary history edited by robert h ferrell. This book is a balanced account of the political diplomatic and military currents that influenced japans attempts to surrender and the united statess decision to drop the atomic bombs. Harry s trumans decision to use the atomic bomb research project it was created to destroy and kill on a massive scale as president it was harry trumans decision if the weapon would be used with the goal to end the war on august 14 1945 after the second atomic bomb was dropped on nagasaki the japanese surrendered world war . No other choice why truman dropped the atomic bomb on japan truman and his advisers made the only decision they could have made indeed considered in the context of world war ii it wasnt
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