An Exhibit Denied

Lobbying the History of Enola Gay

Authors: Harwit, Martin

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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.

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"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

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Exhibit Denied
Book Subtitle
Lobbying the History of Enola Gay
Authors
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Copernicus
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-7905-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-7905-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4684-7907-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 477
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