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The Invasion of Japan: An Alternative to the Bomb


I haven't yet read this book myself. I understand that the book contains quite a lot of information about the invasion plans, and this is the main focus of much of the text. I also understand that Skates' position is that Japan was already effectively defeated by blockade and conventional bombing, surrender was likely, and that an invasion would not have resulted in the bloodbath with millions of casualties that some people claim. On this basis, I believe the author therefore concludes that invasion was preferable to the atomic bombs.

There are therefore (in my opinion) at least two reasons why you might want to buy this book:
  1. If you believe that the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was better than the alternatives, you may want to read this book to at least hear the other side of the argument.

  2. From what I understand, this books does contain quite a lot of details about the invasion plans. So, if that subject interests you, then I expect you will want to read for that reason.

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While scholars and non-scholars alike have debated the ethics of dropping the atomic bomb for more than half a century, rarely have they questioned the decision not to invade Japan as a means of ending World War II. Widely held beliefs about the strength of Japanese forces and the projected loss of American lives have justified the course of action taken by the United States. John Ray Skates, how ever, argues that the invasion plan, code named Operation DOWNFALL, has never been adequately studied to draw such a conclusion. In The Invasion of Japan, he remedies that oversight and, in doing so, disputes many myths that have grown up around the invasion strategy. Beginning with a brief overview of DOWNFALL, Skates analyzes the evolution of the invasion plan. He describes in detail the two phases of the plan, Operations OLYMPIC and CORONET; he assesses the strength of Japanese defenses; and discusses other topics that would influence an invasion - redeployment from Europe, Allied participation in the invasion, and the possible use of special weapons, especially gas. Among other revisionist findings, his research reveals a weaker state of Japanese preparedness than historians have commonly presumed and he demonstrates that the joint chiefs never objectively compared the bombing and the invasion. Significantly, Skates finds no evidence suggesting that military strategists projected casualty figures as high as those cited after the bomb's use. Rather than attributing the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the supposed shortcomings of the invasion plan, Skates contends that the Allied policy of unconditional surrender was at the heart of the decision to drop the atomic bomb.

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