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This review is from: Hiroshima (Paperback)
Although it's been a couple of years since I read it, Hiroshima is still ingrained in my memory. Hersey introduces a situation of which most people are aware. You are thrust into the lives of a handful of individuals before, during, and after the catastrophic events that marked at that time the pinnacle of human ingenuity and human horror. Like Joseph Conrad in his masterpiece Heart of Darkness, Hersey paints a beautiful yet terrifying picture, sparing no detail. By the end of all the descriptions of death and decay, you feel you have also experienced it, because no matter how many statistics are taught in the classroom or how many pictures you're shown, without that human connection, the dead are just nameless bodies. This is why Hiroshima is as important as it is informational. Hersey connects you with survivors, and tells their remarkable stories to a world that needed to hear them and in reality still needs to hear them.