Prize Essay, 1960
THE FIRST ANGRY BOMB
“Nothing stands between Europe today and complete subjugation to Communist tyranny but the atomic bomb in American possession.”—Winston Churchill, 9 October 1948
People are inclined to forget the psychological impact of President Truman’s announcement to the world that the United States had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima with a “destructive capacity of 20,000 tons of TNT.” Overnight the world was made to realize that a far-reaching scientific breakthrough had been achieved and that the United States possessed a power of destruction more devastating than any other in the realm of history. From the very beginning it was openly accepted that this atomic weapon capability would become an outstanding element of our national strength.