Librarything review user review - oreillynsf - librarything for me the title essay alone was worth the cost of admission why did truman drop the bomb perhaps to avoid the deaths of half a million american soldiers in an invasion of the japanese islands as a read full review. A professor of english at the university of pennsylvania whose specialty is the eighteenth century, paul fussell was an infantry lieutenant during world war ii in this book's title essay, he evokes the ethos of wartime sentiment without flinching from allied barbarism, then proposes that postwar arguments condemning. No, the title to this post didn't originate with me it comes from an essay written by paul fussell, the historian, and included in a book entitled thank god for the atom bomb in that essay, fussell pointed out that truman's decision in august 1945 to drop the bomb was entirely rational the war was grinding. Hiroshima-- the headline of this column is lifted from a 1981 essay by the late paul fussell, the cultural critic and war memoirist in 1945 fussell was a 21-year- old second lieutenant in the us army who had fought his way through europe only to learn that he would soon be shipped to the pacific to take. In thank god for the atom bomb, and an afterword on japanese skulls, literary critic paul fussell recounts his sentiments about the us decision to use the bomb in japan fussell was on his way to fight in japan, and feels that the bombing of hiroshima and nagasaki probably saved his life but fussell's.
Endowment chairman sheldon hackney talked recently with paul fussell about the impact of world war i on the twentieth century fussell, a retired university of pennsylania professor, is editor of the norton book of modern war and the author of many books, among them thank god for the atom bomb and other essays. When michael walzer, author of arguing about war (2004), took issue with an essay by fussell entitled thank god for the atom bomb, a defence of the bombing of hiroshima and nagasaki, fussell replied by pointing out that in 1945 walzer was only 10 in his essay fussell observed that the most important. A conservative cultural critic with a passion for nude beaches and the indy 500 auto race, fussell (the great war and modern memory) explores some of his pet topics in this miscellany of essays thank god for the atom bomb, and other essays paul fussell, author summit books $1745 (298p) isbn 978-0-671- 63866-5. In his classic essay thank god for the atom bomb, paul fussell (world war ii vet and national book award-winner) observes, allied (pacific) casualties were running to over 7,000 per week after nagasaki, captured american fliers were executed (heads chopped off) the us submarine bonefish was.
A similar viewpoint, from a combat soldier's profoundly pessimistic perspective, is found in the historian paul fussell's essay “thank god for the atom bomb” mr fussell was probably headed for action on a japanese beach, but to his everlasting relief, the japanese surrendered a few days after the. Bottom line thank god for the atom bomb is my second collection of paul fussell essays the first was the great war and modern memory of the two the first was a tighter and better book having read the two i count myself a fan of paul fussell this book is recommend to any fan of the essay do not let the title or the first.
It also saved tens of thousands of allied lives in the pacific (while killing approximately 250k japanese) this thesis is best summed up in paul fussell's famous essay, “thank god for the atomic bomb” even before hiroshima, however, a small number of scientists argued that the a-bomb should not be used against japan. The great american cultural and literary historian, author and academic paul fussell landed in france in 1944 as a 20-year-old second lieutenant with the 103rd infantry division and was wounded while fighting the germans in alsace when his thank god for the atom bomb (pdf) essay appeared in the. This produced a funny kind of irony —small “i” irony, nothing on the scale of the grand historical irony unleashed by passchendaele and the somme —in fussell's work it's powerfully on display in the essay, “thank god for the atom bomb,” for example, where he asks of john kenneth galbraith, who had. More than seventy years after the end of world war ii, the decision to drop the atomic bombs on hiroshima and nagasaki remains controversial fussell, paul thank god for the atom bomb and other essays new york: summit books, 1988 in the title essay, fussell, a world war ii veteran, vividly recalls.
Being your stereotypical culturally illiterate scientist, i had never heard of paul fussell until i saw a mini-obituary in the “the lives they lived” i checked out his book “thank god for the atom bomb”, i confess, not to read the title essay, but rather to check out the reprint of his 1987 gq piece “taking it all. The even more acerbic bad: or, the dumbing of america (1991) and the title essay of his second collection, thank god for the atom bomb (1988), revealed that fussell had not abandoned the satiric models of the 18th-century writers who were his original subjects in 1994 he published the anti-egotist,.