The Last Train from Hiroshima

  • by Charles Pellegrino
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Last Train from Hiroshima offers a "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. At the narrative's core are accounts, some eyewitness and some to still be substantiated, of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand - both Japanese civilians and American fliers in the air. Thirty people are known to have fled Hiroshima for Nagasaki - where they arrived just in time to survive the second bomb. According to Pellegrino, one of them is the only person who experienced the full effects at ground zero both times. Pellegrino weaves spellbinding stories together within a narrative that challenges the "official report", showing what happened - and providing an explanation into the why.
Recently, there have been questions about the accuracy of some parts of this book. At this time, Audible will continue to make it available to our customers, but we wanted to make you aware of the issues.
A Note from Henry Holt and Company and Macmillan Books:
"It is with deep regret that Henry Holt and Company announces that we will no longer print, correct or ship copies of Charles Pellegrino's The Last Train from Hiroshima due to the discovery of dishonest sources of information for the book. It is easy to understand how even the most diligent author could be duped by a source, but we also understand that this opens that book to very detailed scrutiny. The author of any work of non-fiction must stand behind its content. We must rely on our authors to answer questions that may arise as to the accuracy of their work and reliability of their sources. Unfortunately, Mr. Pellegrino was not able to answer the additional questions that have arisen about his book to our satisfaction."


What the Critics Say

"Enormously painful to [hear], but absolutely essential to do so." (Kirkus)


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I love the way this book is written. Charles Pellegrino wrote a passionate account of the destructive power unleashed over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. All sides of the weapons are touched, from the pain unleashed on the people of Japan to those involved in America all the way to the very center of the atomic explosion. As if through the eyes of a physicist he walks you through every millisecond of the atomic reaction and the resulting effects with the articulation of a poet. I can't wait for Audible to record more of Charles Pellegrino's work.
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- Daniel

Engrossing....with a grain of salt

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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- Gord "Avid reader/listener of just about anything."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio