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The atomic bomb was one of the most devastating creations in the history of the human race It development was a race and it was used to stop a war The atomic bomb destroyed many lives but by ending the war saved just as many The development and use of the bomb is a truly remarkable part of history Long before his death President Roosevelt had been making plans to ensure an Allied victory in the war He had never discussed these arrangements with Vice President Harry Truman Only after Truman was sworn in as president in April 1945 did Secretary of War Henry Stimson tell him about the Manhattan Project The Manhattan Project was the code name for the governments top-secret attempt to build an atomic bomb It was given that name because much of the early research was done in Manhattan American British and European scientists worked feverishly to develop the powerful new weapon They feared that Germany would develop its own bomb first In 1944 however US Intelligence agents discovered that Germany had abandoned its atomic bomb program at an early stage Nevertheless the Manhattan Project scientists continued their work In April 1945 Secretary Stimson told Truman that the bomb probably would be ready in four months at a cost of two billion Eager to end the war with Japan the president had already decided to drop an atomic bomb on Japan A Target Committee of military scientists and officers was already surveying possible cities where the bomb could be dropped If the bomb did not work Truman would have to persuade the Soviet Union to declare war on Japan Relations between the United States and the Soviet Union were already strained Japan was seeking a peace agreement but was unwilling to accept Allied surrender terms Because of their sneak attack on Pearl Harbor the president distrusted the Japanese Stalin too was not ready to negotiate He believed the Soviet Union
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