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August 6th: 70 years ago, Hiroshima

06/08/2015

The devastating power stored inside atoms was first unleashed on the world 70 years ago today, and thankfully, the atomic bombs that exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the only ones ever used in war and anger.  Hundred of thousands of people lost their lives as the direct and indirect results of the bombings, although it has been argued that they may have actually saved many more lives--the invasion of Japan's home islands would likely have been a bloodbath.

As we reflect on this, some very good readings are available to those who would like to learn more, and the Ottawa Public Library makes them available to you.  May we all live in peace!

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Nuclear Dawn

The Atomic Bomb, From the Manhattan Project to the Cold War
By Delgado, James P.
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Hiroshima

The Story of the First Atom Bomb
By Lawton, Clive
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Hiroshima

Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb
By Takaki, Ronald T.
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Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Fire From the Sky
By Langley, Andrew
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White Light, Black Rain

The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
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Japan, 1945

From Operation Downfall to Hiroshima and Nagasaki
By Chun, Clayton K. S.
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The Atomic Bomb

Voices From Hiroshima and Nagasaki