Truman: Deciding to Drop the Bomb
History → World War II → Atomic Bomb
President Truman is told the Atomic Bomb will soon be ready and debates using it against the Japanese. He considers what would happen both if he dropped the bomb and if he decided not to drop the bomb.
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What is Truman told about the willingness of the Japanese to surrender?
How do the scientists who developed this weapon feel about its usage in war?
How does President Truman justify the potential use of the bomb?
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