Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This video is volume 24 in the 26-volume World at War series that chronicles the history of World War II. The award-winning television series, hosted by Laurence Olivier, was first broadcast in 1974. This episode examines the decision by the United States to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. Was that action necessary, in view of the disintegrated state of the Japanese military structure? Or, did Japan need to be convinced to surrender? Experts discuss the pros and cons of an act that still raises moral debate today.