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Publisher's Summary

A journalistic masterpiece. John Hersey transports us back to the streets of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945 - the day the city was destroyed by the first atomic bomb. Told through the memories of six survivors, Hiroshima is a timeless, powerful classic that will awaken your heart and your compassion. In this new edition, Hersey returns to Hiroshima to find the survivors - and to tell their fates in an eloquent and moving final chapter.
©1985 John Hersey (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC
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By Julia on 04-15-15

Hiroshima, the days and years that followed

Hiroshima, theAn easy read about a most shameful era in the history of mankind.

Can you imagine walking into work one morning thinking about your children safely deposited at the local school and your spouse at home. Perhaps she will be making your favorite meal tonight. You are happily planning your day and looking forward to crossing things off your 'To Do' list.

All of a sudden there is a massive bright light all encompassing ahead of you. Explosive, no 'implosive' noises that make you feel as if your ear drums will turn inside out. Everything comes to a halt. Hundreds, no, perhaps thousands of people just stop in their tracks. Seeing a mushroom shaped light you stare up at the brightest clod that you have ever beheld. Of course at that time no one in the general public has ever heard of an Atom bomb. What do you do? Everywhere you look there are the dead and dying. You are a part of a culture that is highly compliant when it comes to the rule makers in the government. However there are no rules for this. Indeed how could there be?

This book puts faces, names and breaths life into this story. This is a living history.

This is one history that I pray we never repeat.

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By Joe on 03-04-14

Required Reading for a Reason

It's the story of 6 survivors of the A-bomb at Hiroshima. It reflects on the atrocity of a "total war" strategy but also in the surprising paradigm of the Japanese. I was supposed to read it in middle school but I did not.

The book itself is pretty simple; a narrative that groups each subject "bomb affected person" in somewhat-defined chaptered spans of time. The descriptions are concise and laregly unembellished. Simply one fact or event to the next. The culmination of these pictures provides a dynamic portrait of the Japanese population both at the time of the attack and later in life.

I don't like to say I "like" books where the subject matter is so terrible, particularly a book of non-fiction, but it is interesting and I hope, for a variety of reasons, it stays on required reading lists.

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