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7/31/20 Greg Mitchell on the Real History of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Scott interviews Greg Mitchell about The Beginning or the End, his new book that tells the story of the making of the 1947 film of the same name. The movie was conceived as an exposé on the horrors of America’s use of the nuclear bomb against Japan, partly at the urging of former Manhattan Project scientists. But it was quickly co-opted by the U.S. government, forcing many changes to the film’s structure, and eventually resulting in what amounted to a piece of pro-military propaganda. Mitchell’s book explores much of the history of this period, revealing the true circumstances of Japan’s potential surrender and America’s real motives for deploying the bomb.

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Greg Mitchell is the former editor of Editor & Publisher and author of thirteen books, including Tricks, Lies, and Videotape: Obama vs. Romney and Campaign 2012 and The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood―and America―Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Follow him on Twitter @GregMitch.

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Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from this website. He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan. Visit https://scotthorton.org

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