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Hiroshima (original 1946; edition 1989)

by John Hersey

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Title:Hiroshima
Authors:John Hersey
Info:Vintage Books; Random House (1989), Edition: 49th printing, Mass Market Paperback
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Hiroshima by John Hersey (1946)

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An astonishing book. Read it after Memoirs of a Geisha for a terrific emotional punch. ( )
  Benedict8 | Jul 16, 2014 |
A year after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hirsohima, American media still remained focussed on the miracle of its invention and the end of World War II. In August of 1946, Hersey's article filled an edition of The New Yorker and the world received a different story, the story of the survivors.

Told in a flat style, very sparing with adjectives and a minimal narrative voice, this article-turned-book describes how 80,000 people were killed in an instant, as many as 60,000 by the after-effects. It is told through the eyes of six survivors beginning with how they were spending their morning on a sunny clear day in August 1945 until 8:15AM when the bomb exploded. Destruction, chaos, dark clouds, confusion and bewilderment, fire, death and illness comprised the remainder of that day and the days to come.

Rebuilding was possible, since radiation levels did not exceed four times the norm (it must be 1000 times before humans are affected), but almost seventy percent of the city had been levelled or damaged beyond repair. More horrific accounts have been written, but it's hard to beat a source written so soon after the actual event, comprised of information from interviews with survivors who (I presume) have all since passed away. Editions published after 1985 have an extra chapter called The Aftermath which covers as additional forty years in the lives of these six individuals and their city. ( )
  Cecrow | Mar 24, 2014 |
Heartwrenching. I believe that this account is something that everyone should read at least once, much like Eli Wiesel's Night. It helps to give humanity the destruction caused by the bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
Mostly what I remember about this book is how unbelievably upsetting it was. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
This Non-fiction young adult book is a classic. Although it is not a true biography is touches upon the experiences of many people after the bomb was dropped. As a reader you are able to learn more about each person and their own personal experiences. ( )
  Kreho | Nov 21, 2013 |
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Asner, EdwardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Biggs, Geoffrey, 1908-1971.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place in the plant office and was turning her head to speak to the girl at the next desk.
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Hiroshima originally appeared in The New Yorker.
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When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, few could have anticipated its potential for devastation. Pulitzer prize-winning author John Hersey recorded the stories of Hiroshima residents shortly after the explosion and, in 1946, Hiroshima was published, giving the world first-hand accounts from people who had survived it. The words of Miss Sasaki, Dr. Fujii, Mrs. Nakamara, Father Kleinsorg, Dr. Sasaki, and the Reverend Tanimoto gave a face to the statistics that saturated the media and solicited an overwhelming public response. Whether you believe the bomb made the difference in the war or that it should never have been dropped, "Hiroshima" is a must read for all of us who live in the shadow of armed conflict.

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On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic "that stirs the conscience of humanity" (The New York Times). Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told. His account of what he discovered about them is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima.… (more)

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