Hiroshima2 Essay

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I read the book “A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and the Origins of the Arms Race” written by
Martin J. Sherwin. I thoroughly enjoyed reading on Hiroshima. Throughout many history
classes at different schools I have learned a great deal on Hiroshima, but have found many
things in this book that have struck my attention. I really overly enjoyed reading this
book, I have learned many new things.

I learned many things in this book that I will explain. On the morning of August 6, 1945,
a B-29 bomber named the Enola Gay flew over the industrial city of Hiroshima, Japan and
dropped the first atomic bomb ever. The city went up in flames caused by the immense
power equal to about 20,000 tons of TNT. This obviously was a huge success, this scary
project. I learned that this project was made by unpredictable assemblage of civilian
people, and military scientific brain power-brilliant, intense, and young people. The
isolated mountain setting, known as Los Alamos, New Mexico, was the sight to design and
build the bomb that would end World War II, but begin serious controversies concerning its
sheer power and destruction. I became interested in this topic because of my interest in
science and history. It seemed an appropriate topic to read because we are presently
studying World War II in my history class. The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings were
always taught to me with some opinion and I always wanted to know the bomb itself and the
unbiased effects that it had. This book was a great opportunity for me to read into the
bombings myself.

I found that the Manhattan project was the code name for the US effort during World War II
to produce the atomic bomb. It was appropriately named for the Manhattan Engineer
District of the US Army Corps of Engineers, because much of the early research was done in
New York City. Sparked by the refugee physicists in the US the program was slowly
organized after Nuclear fission was expressed the fear that Hitler would attempt to build
a fission bomb. I am so glad that Hitler did not make the first fission bomb but if he
would of made the bomb first he could have dropped it on all of the Jewish countries so
they wouldn’t of had to go through such pain to live. I also learned that General Groves
initial task had been to select a scientific director of the bomb project. That never
really ended up happening though, to this day the presidents wished that they would have
had appointed someone else as leader of the Atomic bomb. General Groves was a perfect
worker, but made the process take much longer than it really needed to take.

The one serious incident that I found interesting was that of the hiring of Klaus Fuchs.
He was later found, and convicted of obtaining secret documents and sending them to the
Soviet Union. A competent and hardworking scientist himself, Fuchs enabled the Soviet
Union to create his or her own atomic bomb. The names were not allowed to be mentioned
outside the laboratory. Everyone was a “sir” or “mister” instead of his or her own name.
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