Narrated by Linda Hunt
This powerful video features a comprehensive examination of one of the most important,
yet little-understood episodes in modern history - the several months leading up to the atomic bombings of Japan,
which both ended World War II and shaped the world's geo-political landscape for the next 50 years.
To compel Japan's unconditional surrender, President
Truman threatened a "rain of ruin," culminating
in the bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.
RAIN OF RUIN
investigates the key political and military motivations for the atomic
bombings, especially the Nagasaki bombing. Did Japan finally surrender
because of the atomic bombs or were there
other reasons? Was the bomb’s true aim to make an impression on Stalin?
And, why did the
Soviet Union enter the Pacific War on the very date Nagasaki was bombed?
historical scholars present and discuss the principal theories,
revealing the bombing to be a more complex historical event than
commonly believed. The program draws on previously unpublished and
documents from the U.S., Japanese and Soviet archives, as well as
remarkable film footage.
Reviews & Awards
. A sobering history lesson."
- TV Host Magazine
gripping program. One of the strengths of Rain
of Ruin is
its balanced presentation...Viewers are allowed to explore
their own feelings and opinions."
- Hollywood Reporter
. Rain of Ruin
is a... dispassionate work. It provides a brisk and clearly-presented historical overview of the baroque international politics and complex tactical maneuverings which lead to the dropping of the bomb on Nagasaki. The film makes extensive and skillful use of archival footage and photographs to tell the story."
- Video Librarian