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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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The exposure to radiation that we justified in the name of war...[in progress]
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
A true account of what happened to five people in Japan before, during, and after the atomic bomb was dropped on them. If everyone read this book, there would be no more war. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
A nonfiction chronicle of the lives of six survivors of the Hiroshima bombing. The horrific things experiences by the people who lived there are told in a powerful way. Originally written in 1946, Hersey's book now includes a final chapter that was added in 1989. ( )
  bookworm12 | Nov 19, 2015 |
A journalist captures the accounts of six H-bomb survivors. Hersey produced this "most sifnificant piece of journalism of modern times" (1946) shortly after the bombing of Hiroshima. This descriptive, gut-wrenching, retelling of the events as experienced by six survivors will touch your soul. I can't imagine a more pertinent read in this day and age. It's a quick read if you can sail through your emotions with ease--I read it on a 2-hour train trip. Please read this, and release, and release. We each need to make a connection between war rhetoric and humanity. Hopefully this will jolt you into action... ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 14, 2015 |
Exceptional journalism by John Hersey and well written too! August 6th, 1945, the bomb dropped and changed the world we live in forever. The gut wrenching ordeal of the common folk in Hiroshima is documented with care. John strikes a balance between being too gory and conveying the gravity of the pain inflicted.

The book follows a set of different everyday folks from differing economic and social constructs as they lived life in Hiroshima. It starts on the day the bomb dropped and follows them loosely through for an year. The aftermath of the bomb, its destructive power and its effects are horrifying. The change in the lives of the people, the delay in governmental support and the tenacity of the human spirit to live through is quite touching. This account was published in the New Yorker magazine in 1946.

The author went back after 40 years and added another chapter to his book. Its very interesting how the events of this day shaped the lives of the folks that John Hersey followed. Its a quick read but the content is sobering. Like the cover says - Read it! ( )
  AnilLevi | Mar 3, 2015 |
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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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