Seven decades ago, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. It almost instantly leveled most of the city and killed as many as 140,000 people. Three days later, on Aug. 9, another American bomber dropped a nuclear device on the city of Nagasaki, killing 40,000 to 80,000 people.
The devastation was followed by World War II’s swift conclusion. It’s seared into the collective global memory — no other time in history has a nuclear weapon been used in war. The simple fact of the atomic bomb’s awesome power went on to shape a half-century of Cold War geopolitics. Read More.