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"As the number of nations capable of producing nuclear weapons appears to be growing, this gruesome glimpse at the results of nuclear war is timely and important." (Booklist)
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By Harold on 02-15-07
First Into Nagasaki
As Walter Cronkite says in the introduction, "This is an important book".
There are many strong images about the Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki that have been promoted for the last sixty-two years that are significantly changed by this monumental history. The effect of "Bomb" was, in fact, much different than I was taught as an average American born in 1948. The dis-information purpetrated by General MacArthur and the Truman Administration is important for everyone to understand.
The Bomb was much less powerful and all devastating than portrayed and the effect of gamma radiation was much more than the U. S. Government wanted people to know about for fear of being tried for crimes against humanity.
The story of the terrible war crimes in the Japanese Prisoner of War camps is something Americans need to know about.
I highly recommend this book. It should be required reading in all High Schools.
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By George on 03-04-08
60 years late-but still timely
This book is derived from the lost carbon copies of dispatches that General MacArthur's censors destroyed. Pulitzer Prize winning newsman George Weller spend his life frustrated at the loss of his incredible, first person, observations of Nagasaki within five weeks of the detonation.
His son located the lost carbons after his father's death in 2003. His compilation and commentary document the origins of our government's massive censorship of the press in peacetime.
Newsman Weller was reporting from post-surrender Japan. The official basis for WWII military censorship was to protect our troops, their positions, their defenses and plans of attack. Once the war was over and the occupation of Japan began, the rationale for censorship ceased - but the censors never stopped. The lies of our government are now laid bare.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step back into 1944-45 and live among the troops, Japanese citizens post nuclear attack & surrender, and experience the ghastly treatment of POW's by the Japanese. It is reportage as it should be today. A must buy!
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