The late historian and activist Howard Zinn was familiar with bombs—he
dropped them on people during World War II, flying as a bombardier in
Europe. This is Zinn’s passionate and readable denunciation of bombs—not
just the bomb, but all bombs. In the book’s two chapters—one on
Hiroshima and one on Royan, France, where Zinn dropped napalm late in
World War II—Zinn poses the crucial question: “What can we learn to free
us from the thinking that leads us to stand by . . . while atrocities
are committed in our name?” The Bomb is the kind of critical, angry, but hopeful history telling for which Howard Zinn is so deservedly well known.
Howard Zinn's personal, historical, and political views on the significance of the US bombings of Royan and Hiroshima.