Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- 72 years later

It's been 72 years since the Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and, a few days later, on Nagasaki, Japan. Since that week in August when the world was changed forever, the global nuclear arsenal has risen and dropped. Countries have joined and left the nuclear weapons club, with North Korea becoming the most recent member. Current nuclear modernization programs are driving a new arms race, but there's a glimmer of hope with the adoption of the UN nuclear weapons ban. There's so much left to do. Here's a collection of reading for what you need to remember, and what you will need to know as we move forward.

An anniversary, but not a celebration

The weight of a butterfly
Emily Strasser

Six weeks after Nagasaki
Leroy Fadem

A mother's love, after Hiroshima
Kathleen Burkinshaw

Why the United States did not demonstrate the Bomb's power, ahead of Hiroshima, Frank von Hippel, Fumihiko Yohida

Let Hiroshima guide us back to nuclear basics
Kennette Benedict

Hiroshima and the Iran agreement
Rachel Bronson


Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Lessons learned?
A Development and Disarmament Roundtable with Akira Kawasaki, Mustafa Kibaroglu, and Suvrat Raju

The harrowing story of the Nagasaki bombing mission
Ellen Bradbury, Sandra Blakeslee


Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the current state of nuclear affairs.
John Mecklin.

The nuclear weapons ban

Debating the nuclear weapons ban
A Bulletin collection

The Ban Brief
Ray Acheson, Tim Wright


North Korea and the ban treaty: two sides of the same coin
John B. Brake


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