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Choosing Life: My Father’s Journey in Film from Hollywood to Hiroshima by [Leslie A. Sussan, Greg Mitchell]

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Readers Favorite FIVE STAR RATING -- Herbert Sussan "tasked in 1946 by the US military to film the horrible after-effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. He would use his expertise as a Hollywood cinematographer to bring the story of death to life. But when he finished filming the devastating aftermath of the atomic bomb, the footage was declared top secret and kept hidden for years, with the official stance being that the public wouldn't be interested in seeing it. The truth was, it was too terrible for anyone to see. The project and the people left to languish in the wake of the bombings haunted the filmmaker for the rest of his life. The shadow of that haunting reached his daughter, Leslie, who took up where her father left off, returning to the areas of destruction with her own daughter,. . . to meet with and interview some of the survivors her father had met 40 years earlier. For those involved, the war never ended.

This biography/memoir, part history/part photo essay will leave a lasting impression on you. . . .  [T]his book isn't only about Hiroshima/Nagasaki--it's a story about humanity and how it is fragile yet strong it is at the same time. Whether you approve or disapprove of nuclear war/weapons, this account may cause you to ponder the ramifications; some that last a lifetime and beyond for generations to come. Some readers may come away thinking that if the general public had been allowed to view the footage Sussan captured years ago, nations might be less war-hungry today, and there would be more of an outcry against nuclear arms. At the time of the bombings, most people supported it, though since then, that support has decreased. Choosing Life: My Father's Journey in Film from Hollywood to Hiroshima by Leslie A. Sussan is a book of substance. Read at your own risk." (Tammy Ruggles)

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Leslie A. Sussan was born and raised in Manhattan, and now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her daughter Kendra and their cat, Neko-chan. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and Georgetown Law School.

Over a long career as an attorney, she litigated for the U.S. Department of Justice, represented migrant farmworkers and abused children, and has now served for fourteen years as an administrative appellate judge for the federal government.

She attends Friends Meeting in Maryland. She and Kendra lived in Hiroshima for a year in 1987-88

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08D6V9B4R
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ BookBaby; 1st edition (July 16, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 16, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 18291 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 338 pages
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I was born and raised in Manhattan, and now live in Silver Spring, Maryland, with my daughter and our cat, Neko-chan. I was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Bryn Mawr College and Georgetown Law School. My daughter and I lived in Hiroshima for a year in 1987-88 and have visited Japan many times since.

After being a voracious reader all my life, I thought it would be a lot easier than it proved to write! I spent 30+ years learning how to tell this story that is at once a unique historical perspective and a deeply personal family story.

Over a long career as an attorney, I litigated for the U.S. Department of Justice, represented migrant farmworkers and abused children, and have now served for fourteen years as an administrative appellate judge for the federal government, although my writing is my own and does not represent any government agency.

I cannot carry a tune or follow a recipe. (Oh well!) I attend Quaker meeting and run a book table there. i love learning about different cultures through books and travel.

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