What do you think is brighter than a thousand suns? Robert J. Oppenheimer is the genius who created the atomic bomb, better known by the slang name: Nuke. Oppenheimer was patriotic and wanted the United States to win World War II. His secret creation was called the Manhattan Project, and it changed the outcome of the war. Though the atomic bomb was successful in winning the war, it’s destructive power destroyed it’s creator.
“The Atomic Bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.” This statement was made by Robert Oppenheimer,”the grandfather of the Atomic Bomb”. Mr. Oppenheimer made this statement after the Atomic Bomb was dropped on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Robert Oppenheimer was clear in stating that future wars will be more advanced in conjunction with nuclear and overall warfare. The Manhattan Project was a pivotal point in time.
Was the Atomic Bomb Necessary? It was necessary for the United States to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. Truman’s decision to do this was because of the american lives, the Pearl Harbor in general, and bringing an end to it all. This all began when Japan attacked the Pearl Harbor and, for precautions, the U.S. Interned Japanese people here in our country. To avoid invading Japan and losing military forces, the bomb was created and dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Stanislaus Ulam was one of the designers who helped improve the H-bomb and made it more powerful. In January 1951, Ulam came up with the idea of placing a hollow tube of uranium or plutonium inside the bomb casing and also used the fission explosive lens assembly (dailykos) . The intense radiation pressures produced by the implosion trigger might, he thought, flood the bomb casing and momentarily produce enough pressure to squeeze the hollow tube into a solid rod, in effect imploding it into a critical mass which would then add to the yield (dailykos). Edward Teller was the other designer who combined his ideas with Ulams’ to make the H-bomb so effective. When Ulam told Teller about the idea, Teller combined them together in order to make the H-bomb more powerful..
Some decisions in this world seem impossible to make. The hardest decisions force a person to question their character and ask themselves whether the outcome of the decision will be worth it in the long run. Harry S. Truman faced this problem as he decided to use nuclear weapons against Japan in World War II. He had two options: either use the atomic bomb to end the war, and let the people of Japan suffer untold destruction or he could take his chances of a longer war with unforeseen results. Ultimately, Truman decided to drop the bomb, and Japan is still suffering from the effects of it.
The Manhattan Project started in 1942 was a secret government program used to make atomic bombs (“Manhattan Project”). Leading physicists, including Enrico Fermi, Albert Einstein, and Leó Szilárd thought that it would be in the U.S.’s best interest to work on this technology (Manhattan Project). Because intelligence led to the conclusion that Germany had begun making their own atomic weapons (“Nagasaki and Hiroshima”). Roosevelt took their advice, and the exploratory committee developed into the Manhattan Project, a top-secret government effort that funneled $2 billion into building an atomic weapon (“Nagasaki and Hiroshima”). The project was managed by Brigadier General Leslie Richard Groves (Manhattan Project).
The attack may have caused tensions between Japan and the United States. About four years later, the United States decided to drop two Atomic Bombs on Japan (Cayton et al. 827). The Atomic Bombs were dropped in hope to end the war, and were mainly viewed as an appropriate action through military, political, and ethical perspectives. Through the military perspective, the idea bombing was something that was necessary to do.
foreign and domestic policies because it scared Americans and caused tension within the country and worldwide, leading to a lack of trust within the country. The second Red Scare, propaganda, Russian growth in power, nuclear tension, and the Hollywood Ten were all parts of the war that damaged American policies. Civilians lost trust between one another and within the government. Communism intimidated many people, and the Cold War made it appear as though it would soon take over the world. However, Truman and Eisenhower made it evident that the United States was fighting for innocent civilians worldwide, but they could not promise a steady government or country while the tension exists with Russia, but the nation is doing what they must(Document C).
Walker does not just take the reader on a tour of the decision-making process of President Truman and shows what made him to order the use of Atomic bombs on Japan, but he also provide an exploration of the historical situation that prompted the decision. He also examines the viewpoint of the Japanese, not only regarding the impact of the bombings on their ultimate decision to surrender, but also how their Allies called for an unconditional surrender. This call could possibly have led to the Japanese Emperor, Hirohito, being tried on counts of war crimes, which may have possibly made the Japanese to be reluctant on surrendering even in light of a crushing defeat (Huczko). Samuel Walker also provides useful insights into contribution made by the decision to use Atomic weapons on Japanese decision to surrender. Overall, the work is worth reading and is recommendable for students and scholars with interest in the Truman administration, atomic warfare and weapons, the second world war, relations between the US and the Soviet, and those curious of knowing the reasons that led to Truman’s decision to use two atomic bombs on
How did the atomic bomb become a factor to end World War 2? In late 1941, America began project called the Manhattan Project. This project was an effort to build and design an atomic bomb. In December of 1942, a scientist group produced the first controlled nuclear chain reaction. Before this breakthrough, President Roosevelt agreed to this project but to proceed slowly.