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Given all the controversy that now surrounds this title and this author, I was very skeptical of First Into Nagasaki, but also very curious.
I could not stop listening to the first part of this book, it was simply so engrossing I could not stop. The second part of this book does lag, but after hearing some of the remarkable accounts, keeping the momentum would be a difficult task at the best of times.
This brings us to the controversy surrounding these accounts. It now appears that Joseph Fuoco never existed, or at least not in the capacity claimed by Mr. Pellegrino. What I find very interesting about this revelation is that the supposed accounts of Fuoco stand out from the others as somewhat of an anomaly. His recollections just seemed to have a delivery that stood out from the rest as sounding less than believable.
The moment I heard the Fuoco description of the ruins he could see from his vantage point aboard the third plane, I decided his account was totally fictitious. Simply, it was the fact that he was describing details that would not have been visible immediately after the detonation of a nuclear device.
This is not the place to find an education on the subject, there are other more authoritative and substantiated accounts on the nuclear bombings and subsequent aftermath in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Listen to this book as if it were playing out as a novel or better yet, a docu-drama on the Discovery Channel. Taken from this standpoint, it can be a very enjoyable listen.
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This is my 4th book regarding the development and use of the atomic and hydrogen bombs. This one is more personal. It does not argue the politics or ethics about the need for or use of the bombs on Japan. It just tells the tale of the survivors. Narration is excellent. Physical descriptions of what happened are not for the weak at heart. Stories of those that were in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki when bombed are amazing.
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