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Posted on: September 13, 2022

MacArthur Memorial Welcomes Award Winning Author and Pulitzer Prize Finalist

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NORFOLK, Va. – On Thursday, September 22, at 7:00 p.m. the MacArthur Memorial will host celebrated historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist James M. Scott for a discussion of his latest book: BLACK SNOW: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb.

BLACK SNOW tells the complete story of the 1945 Tokyo firebombing. Drawing extensively on first-person interviews in the United States and with survivors in Japan, air force archives, and oral histories never before published in English (including the 5,000-page Japanese collection known as the Tokyo Air Raid Damage Records), Scott re-creates the bombing and what led to it, bringing to life the military, political, and moral debates that convinced American forces to shift from a policy of daylight precision bombing to low-altitude incendiary raids – a process that helped create the moral and strategic framework for the eventual use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the presentation. Registration is requested. For more information, visit www.macarthurmemorial.org or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/author-event-black-snow-with-james-scott-registration-396638585687.

About the MacArthur Memorial: The MacArthur Memorial was founded in 1964 as a museum and library dedicated to the life and times of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, who is buried in the Memorial’s rotunda with his wife Jean. The City of Norfolk operates the Memorial in close partnership with the nonprofit General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. It averages over 50,000 visitors per year and is open free of charge. For more information, please visit www.macarthurmemorial.org.

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