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Hiroshima Unknown Binding – 1960
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
On the basis of a return visit 40 years after the dropping of the bomb, Hersey has written a ``final chapter'' to one of the most important books to come out of World War II. The new chapter follows a reprint of the original text on the dropping of the first atomic bomb, and is written in the same spare, objective style. In it, Hersey brings up to date the lives of six survivors he covered so brilliantly in 1946. Once again he evokes the humdrum and the surreal elements in the aftermath of the bomb, and with eloquent simplicity he includes statements of other nations' nuclear tests. Compelling, unforgettable, and more timely than ever, this is absolutely essential for collections from junior high on. Robert H. Donahugh, Youngstown and Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
John Hersey is masterful in his description and accounts of (6) persons who survived the A-bomb and their memories of the event. The initial story is the day of the bombing, August 6th,1945, and the descriptions, details and accounts of survivors is extremely graphic. The (6) survivors are a Jesuit priest, a surgeon, a desk clerk, a Methodist pastor, a Doctor and a tailor's widow. They were each terrorized by the explosion and mass destruction, but showed exemplary courage to survive, help others and recall the day's tragic timeline. Over 80,000 people died initially from the blast, and 20,000+ died in the days after from radiation sickness and explosive trauma or injuries sustained. The author returned to the city forty years later to interview those same (6) survivors and updates readers on their lives since that fateful day. Each survivor had a tinge of survivor's guilt, but displayed courage and perseverance in moving forward with their lives. The fate of each survivor is described in the final chapter.
It is emotionally moving and terribly heart-wrenching listening to the graphic details of death, destruction and horrible burn/blast injuries sustained by inhabitants of this large, industrial city in southern Japan. George Guidall is the narrator and is magnificent in his rendering of the pages of this fine work. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who wishes to learn more about the first A-bomb dropped on a major population center, and it's subsequent aftermath. It is detailed, painfully graphic and very touching to hear the survivor's accounts. Notice to listeners: Extremely graphic detail of human burn injuries and blast trauma.
As a teacher I introduce this book with information not only of Japan's aggression in the thirties including rape and live experiment's on captured Chinese but include the devastation of Pearl Harbor. Also, I go over what the facts were concerning our invasion of Japan and the cost of lives-all opinions. I let the students make up their own minds. Dolores DeFazio
The only other complaint have is that in this book Amazon omitted the "updates" Hersey added on the characters written about after the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Shame on Amazon for letting out such an inferior version of a timeless classic!!
If you are using a Kindle, this Kindle versions lacks the updated chapter added to the original. It also has quite some copy (spelling) mistakes, words missing etc. that are unnecessary but don't impede on the actual reading.