Thank God for the Atom Bomb
...Experience whispers that the pity is not that we used the bomb to end the Japanese war but that it wasn't ready in time to end the German one. If only it could have been rushed into production faster and dropped at the right moment on the Reich Chancellery or Berchtesgaden or Hitler's military headquarters, much of the Nazi hierarchy could have been pulverized immediately, saving the lives of around four million Jews, Poles, Slavs, and gypsies, not to mention the lives and limbs of millions of Allied and German soldiers....
American literary and cultural historian. Born in Pasadena, California, Fussell was twice decorated for his service in the U.S. Army in World War II, earned a Ph.D. at Harvard University, and became an instructor of English at Connecticut College. In 1955 he was hired by the University of Pennsylvania, where he is now a professor emeritus. Fussell's early books deal with poetic theory and eighteenth-century literature. With the publication of The Great War and Modern Memory (1975), a National Book Award winner, Fussell became better known as a critic of the glorification of war in popular culture. In Class: A Guide through the American Status System (1983), he reveals a sharp eye for the nuances of social class. Fussell has also edited The Norton Book of Travel (1987) and The Norton Book of Modern War (1990). See also mystfx.ca/pinstitutes/bronfman/paulfussellbiography.htm.