John Hersey

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President Harry Truman Character Analysis

33rd president of the United States, who presided over the final days of World War Two in the Pacific Theater and made the executive decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Truman remains a controversial figure among historians; some argue that he saved millions of lives by ensuring a speedy Japanese surrender, while others claim that he was a war criminal who murdered hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians without grounds.
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President Harry Truman Character Timeline in Hiroshima

The timeline below shows where the character President Harry Truman appears in Hiroshima. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Five: The Aftermath
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...society supporting a world government—which gains more than 100,000 signatures. They submit the petition to President Harry Truman , who ordered for the bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima. Truman refuses to accept... (full context)