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2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake [Kindle Edition]

William Gibson , Yoko Ono , Barry Eisler , Jake Adelstein , The quakebook community , Our Man in Abiko
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In just over a week, a group of unpaid professional and citizen journalists who met on Twitter created a book to raise money for Japanese Red Cross earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. In addition to essays, artwork and photographs submitted by people around the world, including people who endured the disaster and journalists who covered it, 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake contains a piece by Yoko Ono, and work created specifically for the book by authors William Gibson, Barry Eisler and Jake Adelstein.

“The primary goal,” says the book's editor, a British resident of Japan, “is to record the moment, and in doing so raise money for the Japanese Red Cross Society to help the thousands of homeless, hungry and cold survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. The biggest frustration for many of us was being unable to help these victims. I don’t have any medical skills, and I’m not a helicopter pilot, but I can edit. A few tweets pulled together nearly everything – all the participants, all the expertise – and in just over a week we had created a book including stories from an 80-year-old grandfather in Sendai, a couple in Canada waiting to hear if their relatives were okay, and a Japanese family who left their home, telling their young son they might never be able to return."

If you'd like to make a donation to aid the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, please visit the Japanese Red Cross Society website, where you can donate via Paypal or bank transfer (watch out for the fees, though!) or the American Red Cross Society, which accepts donations directed to its Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund (but only accepts donations made with U.S.-issued credit cards).

And of course, if you like the book, please tell your friends, and tell them to give generously as well! Thank you! Japan really does appreciate your help!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1435 KB
  • Print Length: 93 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0956883621
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VP3KHK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,517 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful
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I'm in no way an objective reviewer of this book since I contributed a piece to it and I know many of the people who brought it together. On March 11th at 2:46 pm, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, followed by massive tsunami devastated Japan and nuclear reactors in Fukushima Prefecture. The estimated death toll is expected to reach 40,000. It is a tragedy of such magnitude that it's hard to wrap your head around it. Numbers are numbers. They have no face; it is hard to feel for figures. Quakebook tells the story of this earthquake and the aftermath in art, essays, short memoirs, and photographs. Each story is moving its own way. There are accounts from those who directly suffered, those who were left in limbo waiting to find out if their loved ones were missing or dead. There are stories of those who could not but help leave Japan after the earthquake as well. Some of the essays are painful to read. The piece "Positive" is simply about one man watching a news broadcast of a rescue attempt going badly and how he could not watch the rest. If you read it, you'll understand why. There are some thing we do not want to know but perhaps should know. That's for each person to decide. It is not only a book of mourning; it is a book of hope. The book came into existence because one man felt like he could not stand by and do nothing. This book began with his idea and took shape through the hard work of many others. People made enormous sacrifices to make this book into a reality.
Amazon went to great lengths to ensure that all proceeds from this book go directly to the Japan Red Cross, which aids the victims in Japan in many ways. They are not taking a single cent. It is a tremendous act of corporate altruism.
The writing quality in the book is uneven.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching account of a great disaster April 12, 2011
By pygenot
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I followed the events that led to the creation of that book from TV and from the Internet. As the book was written by people who experienced the quake, tsunami and nuclear event, I find it very moving when reading.

In each page, in each testimonial, in each picture, I feel the pain and the hope of all. It is not a book you can or need to read from cover to cover. Browsing is also an alternate way of reading.

Reading this book is also a way for all to fund the Red Cross of Japan.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for Japan April 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
It may be premature to call this ebook a phenomenon, but it has long succeeded the level of mere amazing achievement. What began as the efforts of one man to chronicle the short stories of those who experienced the Great Eastern Japan has grown into a global community and movement to raise awareness of the people affected and how we all can help. This is not an easy read. However, if you want to come closer to understanding the moment Japan's trajectory was forever altered, you need to read this book. More importantly, if you want to understand more about the remarkable spirit of the Japanese people, you need to read this book. What can you do to help Japan recover - read this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed April 12, 2011
By Raven
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I am amazed by the quality of the writing and powerful emotions this book evokes.

This is more than just a collection of stories to raise money to help those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami. This book is also a snapshot today's world and the power of social media.

This book came together so quickly; people around the world contributed to this project via technology. A month (almost to the minute) after I heard about the great quake, I was able to download this book to my kindle. As soon as it downloaded, I sat and read the entire book. I couldn't put it down. It's very powerful to me to think of how the book was produced and make reading it all that more poignant.

The quality of the writing is excellent. These are first hand accounts by people who experienced the events. The photos and illustrations show clearly on my Kindle 3. There is an interactive menu (which is always good). The only improvement I might suggest, is to make it so that one can flip between stories using the 5-way controller.

I would recommend this book to everyone. It's the first item to receive a 5 star review from me. In my opinion, it's worth far more than that.

Well done everyone who contributed to this project.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proud to be Part of this Effort April 12, 2011
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I'm amazed at the speed with which the creators of this moving account of the Touhoku quake were able to put the book together, proud to have contributed the foreword, and grateful to Amazon for ensuring that 100% of the proceeds go to earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. As I say in the foreword: "If my books have been love letters to Japan, this one is more an SOS." Thanks for heeding it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With Tears of Joy April 12, 2011
By Jamie
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To actually experience a magnitude 9 earthquake is an unimaginably terrifying thing. Those few moments of heart-stopping fear are burned forever into my mind. But I was in Tokyo and, when the building stopped bucking like an out-of-control fairground ride, I was able to walk home and hug my wife and baby.

Thousands in the North East were not so lucky. Their stories didn't all end with tears of joy.

As the true horror of the tragedy began to unfold before our eyes, there was a need to find a way to fill that void - this book was the result of that yearning expressed by so many, so often in 140 characters or less. It was uplifting just to watch it unfold and grow on twitter from the germ of an idea into something amazing.

This is not just some charity book. The works in here are touching and empathic, they will transport you through those dark moments of horror and back into hope for the future of this beautiful nation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have been to Japan and have been involved ...
If you have been to Japan and have been involved with their uniquely indifferent yet compassionate and passionate culture, then you'll relive some of the feelings you've been... Read more
Published 6 days ago by T'ai-chi Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional read.
Very hard to read, as in how deeply and emotional many of the stories are. But there are many others filled with hope.
Published 1 month ago by R. Quesada
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Good, highly recommend.
Published 2 months ago by Robert J. Karigan Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read.
I liked the many perspectives from so many people. It is good to get a perspective that isn't from mass media.
Published 4 months ago by Tamasha Robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Shared humanity
It is tragic that it takes suffering to this extend to stop judging and start compassion.

You get a glimpse of people' s suffering, people making difficult decisions,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nellie
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, lacking real information about Japan
I found this book tedious. 85 one page accounts of 'How I felt during an earthquake' or 'How I feel about earthquakes. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Societyfan
3.0 out of 5 stars View from a distance.
Expected more input from people closer to the event. Mostly told by people in Tokyo and areas far removed from the tragedy.
Published 7 months ago by silverfish
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening
Very much an eyeopener. It was an awful time, but the Japanese just keep going.
Published 7 months ago by D. D. G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight
This book has ideas, opinions and thoughts of so many people dealing with one of the worst tragedies of our time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lisa
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The workaround I used to buy it from The Netherlands (throught the US-Amazon-site) was change the address in my Amazon-account to a non-dutch one. In this case any address is OK, because it's a digital file.
Now I am reading the beautiful and terrible stories...
---Harry from Maastricht---
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