Truman and The Hiroshima Cult
This is a book review on “Truman and The Hiroshima Cult” by Robert Newman, providing a quick summary of the ideas and discussing whether or not Newman adequately proved those ideas.
The following paper discusses how Robert P. Newman not only explores the myths perpetuated by “Truman and The Hiroshima Cult,” but also how and why these myths began. This paper claims that the book is essentially a debate; an appeal to actual history vs. convolution and misrepresentation of facts by well-spoken opponents.
“The “Hiroshima cult” Dr. Newman refers to in his title embraces the revisionist views almost dogmatically. In his words, this cult is an “a historical group who grew up during the Vietnam era of distrust of the government and the military. The cult has its own holy day, August 6; its own shrine, Hiroshima; and as stated above, its own written beliefs.”Dr. Newman wrote Truman and the Hiroshima Cult as answers to what he believes are the historical distortions of the cult. Therefore, the book is not about the development of the atomic bombs or the men who dropped them. It is about the decision to use them and the “what ifs that historians, traditional and revisionist alike, have argued over for the past 50 years.”