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Effects Of The Second Bombing On Nagasaki

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Both authors succeed in making their case. In the case for Maddox, he successfully shows how the ignorance and stubbornness of the Japanese’s Ketsu-Go operation meant that a war would ensue for much longer, if the bombs had not been dropped. He also states the other options Truman could have chosen, such as a blockade or an invasion, but would ultimately lead to the deaths of numerous American and Japanese troops; by the dropping of the atomic bombs, only a small fraction of the estimated death toll would have been impacted. Maddox also successfully points to the need for the second bomb on Nagasaki. He refutes historians who argue the second bombing as “needless barbarism” by stating how the Japanese government would minimize the effect of
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