This Week’s Featured Interview:
- Was the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a done deal? Inevitable once the U.S. produced the bomb? Or were there pressures to avoid unleashing a nuclear holocaust on Japan, and if so, how did they play out behind the scenes in 1945? Author and award-winning filmmaker Greg Mitchell recounts his findings, published annually in daily installments on his blog, Countdown to Hiroshima.
He is the former editor and publisher of Nuclear Times; the author of more than a dozen books, with three on the use of the bomb. One of them, Atomic Cover-Up , on the decades-long suppression of shocking film shot in the atomic cities by the U.S. military, became an award-winning film. Another, The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood — and America — Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb tells the wild story of how an MGM 1947 drama was censored by the military (and Truman himself). Every year, he publishes Countdown to Hiroshima, blog posts that chronicle what was going on politically behind the scenes as the decision to drop the bomb was being made.
I spoke with Greg Mitchell on July 28, 2022.
Greg Mitchell LINKS:
Greg Mitchell Links:
- Atomic Cover-Up film trailer:
- Atomic Cover-Up, Greg Mitchell’s award-winning film, was the subject of an interview for Nuclear Hotseat #517.
- Countdown to Hiroshima – daily blog posts
- The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood – and America – Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
And here’s a link to the film that Greg Mitchell writes about where President Truman and Gen. Leslie Groves became censors, uhr, script doctors, uhr… well, you get the point. (SPOILER ALERT: It’s awful.):
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