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May 26, 2011
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The Bomb by Howard Zinn
A pair of essays by Howard Zinn that tear down the image of WWII as the “good war” and repaint it as an immoral war of epic proportions. Focusing on the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, his own participation in the bombing raids on Royan, and the bombing of Dresden, Zinn condemns the mass violence committed unnecessarily by Allied powers during the war, and questions any justifications behind using nuclear warfare. Recounting the events leading up to and following the dropping of the atomic bombs, Zinn describes the dropping of the a-bombs as “the killing of 200,000 people to make a point about American power”. Beautifully written, Zinn once again does what he knows best, which is reminding us that history has often been written in favor of the victorious. 
It’s a quick read, and I highly recommend giving it a look. 

The Bomb by Howard Zinn

A pair of essays by Howard Zinn that tear down the image of WWII as the “good war” and repaint it as an immoral war of epic proportions. Focusing on the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, his own participation in the bombing raids on Royan, and the bombing of Dresden, Zinn condemns the mass violence committed unnecessarily by Allied powers during the war, and questions any justifications behind using nuclear warfare. Recounting the events leading up to and following the dropping of the atomic bombs, Zinn describes the dropping of the a-bombs as “the killing of 200,000 people to make a point about American power”. Beautifully written, Zinn once again does what he knows best, which is reminding us that history has often been written in favor of the victorious. 

It’s a quick read, and I highly recommend giving it a look. 

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