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An Exhibit Denied

Lobbying the History of Enola Gay

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Table of contents (30 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxv
  2. Remembrances

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 1-8
  3. A Solemn Vow

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 9-19
  4. The National Air and Space Museum

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 20-25
  5. A New Director

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 26-34
  6. A Reluctant Start

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 35-42
  7. Planning an Exhibition

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 50-65
  8. The Impatient Veteran

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 66-75
  9. An Enthusiastic Advocate

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 76-87
  10. Restoration and Authenticity

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 88-101
  11. A Smithsonian Debate

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 102-111
  12. A Battle for the Museum Extension

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 112-125
  13. Only Five Old Men

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 126-149
  14. Japan

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 150-175
  15. Funding and Approval

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 176-193
  16. Losing Friends

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 194-210
  17. The Script

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 211-224
  18. Once-Secret Documents

    • Martin Harwit
    Pages 225-237

About this book

At 8:15 A.M., August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay released her load. For forty­ three seconds, the world's first atomic bomb plunged through six miles of clear air to its preset detonation altitude. There it exploded, destroying Hiroshima and eighty thousand of her citizens. No war had ever seen such instant devastation. Within nine days Japan surrendered. World War II was over and a nuclear arms race had begun. Fifty years later, the National Air and Space Museum was in the final stages of preparing an exhibition on the Enola Gay's historic mission when eighty-one members of Congress angrily demanded cancellation of the planned display and the resignation or dismissal of the museum's director. The Smithsonian tnstitution, of which the National Air and Space Museum is a part, is heavily dependent on congressional funding. The Institution's chief executive, Smithsonian Secretary I. Michael Heyman, in office only four months at the time, scrapped the exhibit as requested, and promised to personally oversee a new display devoid of any historic context. In the wake of that decision I resigned as the museum's director and left the Smithsonian.

Reviews

"Utterly fascinating, candid, and very clear...The book has genuine narrative power and human interest, and offers a profound parable for the politics of culture in our time...(A) powerful yet subdued and poignant account." Michael Kammen, Cornell University

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: An Exhibit Denied

  • Book Subtitle: Lobbying the History of Enola Gay

  • Authors: Martin Harwit

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-7905-8

  • Publisher: Copernicus New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1996

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4684-7907-2Published: 19 April 2012

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4684-7905-8Published: 06 December 2012

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVI, 477

  • Topics: History, general, Political Science, Mathematics, general

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