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Exhibit Denied : Lobbying the History of Enola Gay

Exhibit Denied : Lobbying the History of Enola Gay - 97 edition

Exhibit Denied : Lobbying the History of Enola Gay - 97 edition

ISBN13: 9780387947976

ISBN10: 0387947973

Exhibit Denied : Lobbying the History of Enola Gay by Martin D. Harwit - ISBN 9780387947976
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York
Published:
International: No
Exhibit Denied : Lobbying the History of Enola Gay by Martin D. Harwit - ISBN 9780387947976

ISBN13: 9780387947976

ISBN10: 0387947973

Edition: 97

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Summary

A national frenzy, fanned by lobbyists and the media, thwarted the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's attempt to mount an exhibition featuring the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that had dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Martin Harwit, the director of the museum at the time, recounts the decade-long effort to restore the Enola Gay, the largest restoration project ever undertaken by the museum; recalls the help and support initially provided by General Tibbets and a small band of men he had commanded on the atomic missions to Hiroshima and Nagasaki; shows how a handful of World War II veterans became disillusioned and began to oppose the museum's display of the aircraft; and describes how these men succeeded in calling on powerful veterans' organizations, aerospace lobbyists and congressmen for help in their cause. All the while, a separate drama was unfolding in Japan, where the prospects of an exhibition of the Enola Gay, in a national museum in the heart of Washington, raised an entirely different set of concerns.