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Nine Who Survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Personal Experiences of Nine Men Who Lived through both Atomic Bombings Hardcover – 1957

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc.; Sixth printing edition (1957)
  • ASIN: B001NWPV9E
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Eighteen people visiting Hiroshima survived and took trains home to Nagasaki and then survived the second explosion. Nine survivors of Hiroshima who travelled to Nagasaki avoided blasted glass and flying debris at the second nuclear explosion because they knew that the blast effect (breaking windows and blasting glass fragments and other debris horizontally) was slightly delayed after the flash (like thunder after lightning), so they had time to literally duck and cover from part of the heat flash and horizontally flying glass and debris. Robert Trumbull - the New York Times Pacific and Asia war correspondent, 1941-79 who had been in Iwo Jima - documented the facts in his 1957 book Nine Who Survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Personal Experiences of Nine Men who Lived Through Both Atomic Bombings. Their experiences and their ages on 9 August 1945:

Kenshi Hirata, 26, accountant at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Company, Hiroshima (Trumbull pp. 25, 61, and 119): "`through an open window what looked like a golden lightning flash ... had blown up out of the earth. The weird light was everywhere. I immediately thought of an air-raid, and hurled myself prostrate in the passage.' Hirata's quick action probably saved him serious injury, if not his life. ... Because it was the middle of summer, which is exceptionally hot in southern Japan, most of the people of Hiroshima were very thinly clad that morning, so they had less than ordinary protection against burns, Hirata observed. ... [Back in Nagasaki] `I shouted to my aged father ... `Lie face downward!' In the immediate moment I was expecting that terrific explosion blast and roar.' ... Kenshi and his father were unharmed. `But in two or three minutes ...
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