Martin J. Sherwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian.He is a professor of history at George Mason University and author of the forthcoming “Gambling With Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette From Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis.”
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Thursday, August 06, 2020
Dropping Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Was Unnecessary
At a time when Americans are reassessing so many painful aspects of our nation’s past, it is an opportune moment to have an honest national conversation about our use of nuclear weapons on Japanese cities in August 1945. The fateful decision to inaugurate the nuclear age fundamentally changed the...
Friday, December 19, 2003
The Enola Gay: Ugly History Hides in Plain Sight
This week, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum unveiled a fully restored, finely polished artifact of World War II — a Boeing B-29 "Superfortress." This particular airplane — the Enola Gay — is the centerpiece of the museum's sleek new $311-million annex. Visitors to the museum will...