Harry S. Truman's Hiroshima dilemma rumbles down the decades

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Military masterstroke or crime against humanity? President Harry S. Truman's decision to unleash the horror of nuclear war on Japan in 1945 sparked one of history's most fierce debates. Now, as the 60th anniversary nears of the twin atomic bomb strikes in the final days of World War II, there is new scrutiny of the reasoning that led to the first, and only use in anger of the ultimate weapon.

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