The Leadersmith

WHY DID WE DROP THE BOMB ON JAPAN? [EPISODE 196]

November 16, 2021

In this episode, I want to talk about making tough decisions. Recently, Nikole Hannah-Jones tweeted that she felt shame when she visited Hiroshima. She also said, “They dropped the bomb when they knew surrender was coming because they’d spent all this money developing it and to prove it was worth it,” she wrote. “Propaganda is not history my friend.” But is that true? How did President Truman make his decision to drop the bomb? What choices did he have to wrestle with?

In this episode, I walk through a historian’s analysis to help you understand what happened and why.

Here is a link to the article I referenced.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/president-truman-atomic-bombing-of-japan-better-option/

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