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Author Skates, John Ray.

Title The invasion of Japan : alternative to the bomb / John Ray Skates.

Published Columbia, S.C. ; [United Kingdom] : University of South Carolina Press, [1994]
2000 [printing]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  940.5425 SKAT    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 276 pages : 1 map. ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-264) and index.
Contents Introduction: The Concept of Downfall 1 -- Chapter 1 Policies and Problems in the Pacific, 1940-43 9 -- Chapter 2 Pacific Strategists 18 -- Chapter 3 Hard Strategic Decisions, 1943-44 33 -- Chapter 4 Blockade, Bombing, and Invasion 43 -- Chapter 5 U.S. Redeployment to the Pacific 61 -- Chapter 6 Casualties 74 -- Chapter 7 Special Weapons 84 -- Chapter 8 Ketsu-Go: Defense of the Homeland 100 -- Chapter 9 Defense of Kyushu and the Kanto Plain 118 -- Chapter 10 Ultra and the Invasion 134 -- Chapter 11 Planning Olympic 148 -- Chapter 12 Olympic: The Forces 167 -- Chapter 13 Olympic: The Assault 179 -- Chapter 14 Operation Coronet 199 -- Chapter 15 Allied Participation 219 -- Chapter 16 Atomic Bomb and the Invasion 234.
Summary For more than a half century scholars and nonscholars alike have debated the ethics of dropping the atomic bomb, but rarely have they studied the American plan to invade Japan, the bomb's alternative as a means of ending World War II. Widely held beliefs about the strength of Japanese forces and the projected loss of American lives have been invoked to justify the use of the atomic bomb. John Ray Skates, however, argues that the invasion plan, code named Operation downfall, until now has not been sufficiently studied to draw such a conclusion. In The Invasion of Japan he remedies that short-coming and disputes many myths that have grown up around the plan.
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan.
ISBN 1570033544 (paperback) No price