On 70th Anniv of Hiroshima: A history of the atom bomb



On the 70th anniversary of the horrific atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagaski, how close are we to a world free of nuclear weapons? In a powerful story of the most destructive invention in human history, this groundbreaking PBS  series details how America developed the nuclear bomb, how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives (“The Bomb”, PBS, 29 July 2015).


To read about the full series see : ‘The Bomb’ (“The Bomb”, PBS, 29 July 2015) and the Bomb website.

While the series itself cannot be accessed from these links,  a gripping You Tube video preview can be accessed here.


Image credit: Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2005

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5 Responses to “On 70th Anniv of Hiroshima: A history of the atom bomb”

  1. markottawaAugust 5, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    And look at this must-read: “In the Ruins of Empire: The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia” by Ronald Spector:

    A great number of people in Vietnam, China and Korea (as well as other occupied territories) were starving well before the Japanese surrender and were saved by its swiftness. Almost no-one ever mentions that aspect.


  2. markottawaAugust 3, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    Have look at this historical account based on US signals intelligence–Japanese strength on Kyushu stronger than anticipated and US casulties likely higher if invasion went ahead in Nov. 1944:

    “The Final Months of the War With Japan: Signals Intelligence, U.S. Invasion Planning, and the A-Bomb Decision”


  3. anne cameronJuly 31, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    I watched the programme on PBS and I sobbed. Jesus! Bad enough the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki but what has gone on since then is beyond facile belief. We still live on the razor’s edge, and we haven’t learned a damned thing!

  4. Michael HollowayJuly 31, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Click play and it returns: “We’re sorry, but this video is not available in your region due to right restrictions.”


    • Marilyn NewcombeJuly 31, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

      Same thing happened to me. When I tried to watch it the screen displayed
      a notice saying it was not available in my region due to rights (or something
      close to that)