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This only rates a three because it drags, and it's so repetitive, I damned near cried a few times. It's a truly emotionally charged issue, and up front, let me just say it: I was one of those strident mouthy types who, without thought, pointed out that, after someone said, quite harshly, that the US was the only country to have used atomic weapons, we used them on a country, Japan, that was nowhere near the happy, pappy, anime loving people they are now. At the time of the use of atomic weaponry, there was some unspeakable brutality going on: in China, in the camps, in their very ideas on how life should be lived, in their code that it was better to spread death and die, than, well, here, suffice it to say: blah, blah, heinous, blah.
But Ham has made me rethink this with very indepth reporting of what was going on from all angles.
And therein lies the problem.
The humanity is lost.
You want the horror? You want to realize that what happened was wrong and that it happened to people who were just as misguided as any people who happened to follow leaders who led them astray? Read/listen to "Hiroshima Diary."
But skip the eeeeeeendlessssss politics that Ham wallows in. Brilliantly researched, yes. Well-narrated, without a doubt. Boring, holy cow, I'm off to take a nap!
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
Paul Ham did a great job, the research is evident in the details and the story is very well balanced, many different perspectives and facts that go well beyond the surface.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about Hiroshima Nagasaki?
This was a new and comprehensive perspective on the effect and causes of the bombings.
What did you like best about this story?
It placed everything in its total context.
Have you listened to any of Robert Meldrum’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
It made me think differently about the war againts Japan.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
A thought provoking look at one of the key historical events of the twentieth century assisted by an excellent narrator.
Would you consider the audio edition of Hiroshima Nagasaki to be better than the print version?
Absolutely, the expression and verbal presentation adds an incredible amount of fulfilment to the documentary
What was one of the most memorable moments of Hiroshima Nagasaki?
The description of a mother finding her daughters aluminium lunch box, with the chopsticks still attached to the lid and still holding her lunch. But never finding her daughter. It is an exhibit in the Peace Museum in Hiroshima, it's something I'd like to see one day.
What does Robert Meldrum bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The expression and character of the individuals and their thoughts. It's as if you are listening to the actual people at times.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
I have also listened to "Australia, The Vietnam War". I am an ex serviceman of the Australian Army and even though I did not serv in Vietnam I served with many who did. There are moments in that book that I can relate to individuals whom which I served under. This is another "You Must Read" There will be times that will simply take your breath away, as there are similar in this book.