Robert Jay Lifton is the author of Superpower Syndrome: America’s
Apocalyptic Confrontation With the World and Home From the War:
Learning From Vietnam Veterans, recently reissued in paperback with
a new preface on Iraq. He is also an editor of Crimes of War: Iraq, forthcoming from Nation Books.
This Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the first use of the atomic bomb against a large city. Since that day, creative artists of every variety have made incisive, satiric or powerful statements about nuclear threat. What these artistic statements share, however, with rare exceptions, is an avoidance of the specific subject of Hiroshima.