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Hiroshima It seems almost indecent to put a rating on this book, I feel as if I am giving all these poor people s horrific suffering an excellent Yet this is a very powerful book, told in a matter of fact, reporting tone and it is an account that puts a human face to this devastation By following certain survivors we come to see and in my case to care greatly about these poor people How much suffering and horror this bomb caused, on innocent people at the mercy of their emperor s decisions People like It seems almost indecent to put a rating on this book, I feel as if I am giving all these poor people s horrific suffering an excellent Yet this is a very powerful book, told in a matter of fact, reporting tone and it is an account that puts a human face to this devastation By following certain survivors we come to see and in my case to care greatly about these poor people How much suffering and horror this bomb caused, on innocent people at the mercy of their emperor s decisions People like you and I just trying to live their lives, feed their children, take care of their families Not knowing what happened, what type of new weapon caused this total devastation A young doctor, one of the few available in the immediate aftermath, who tries to take care of those he can with very few supplies and with only one hour of sleep in three days Another man who brings water to those who need it and tries to save as many as he can A young woman holding a dead baby for over four days, waiting for her husband to be found so he can say goodbye So much anguish, so much heartbreak My husband s uncle was the load master for the Enola Gay, the bomber for this terrible act He suffered from depression for the rest of his life Why do these terrible things happen and why do they still continue today I went old school with this one I printed out the original version of John Hersey s article from The New Yorker s Web site so I could read it in its original three columns per page format and surrounded by advertisements for Chesterfield cigarettes, U.S Savings Bonds, Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey, Rosalind Russell in RKO s Sister Kenny, Bell System Overseas Telephone Service, and Knox the Hatter, on Fifth Avenue at Fortieth Street.This is the editorial note that ran with Hersey s story I went old school with this one I printed out the original version of John Hersey s article from The New Yorker s Web site so I could read it in its original three columns per page format and surrounded by advertisements for Chesterfield cigarettes, U.S Savings Bonds, Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey, Rosalind Russell in RKO s Sister Kenny, Bell System Overseas Telephone Service, and Knox the Hatter, on Fifth Avenue at Fortieth Street.This is the editorial note that ran with Hersey s story in the Aug 31, 1946, issue of The New Yorker TO OUR READERSThe New Yorker this week devotes its entire editorial space to an article on the almost complete obliteration of a city by one atomic bomb, and what happened to the people of that city It does so in the conviction that few of us have yet comprehended the all but incredible destructive power of this weapon, and that everyone might well take time to consider the terrible implications of its use THE EDITORSHersey s book length article focuses primarily on six victims of the bombing Miss Toshiko Sasaki, Dr Masakazu Fujii, Mrs Hatsuyo Nakamara, Father William Kleinsorge, Dr Terufumi Sasaki and the Reverend Mr Kiyoshi Tanimoto tracking their lives from the morning of the bombing through the months of its aftermath It s a masterful piece of journalism, and of a type little seen any The article has almost no attribution and few quotes Rather, it uses a straightforward narrative style, telling the story as it happened, and the reader simply has to trust that Hersey did the footwork needed to compose his piece And it s obvious he did.Hersey gives almost no information about the U.S decision to bomb Hiroshima or the larger context of World War II, but rather focuses solely on how the bombing and its aftermath affected the city s people The book is stronger as a result, showing the full range of horrors caused by the dropping of an atomic bomb in particular on six people we come to know and care about deeply.It speaks to Hersey s talents as a writer that, despite the tragic subject matter and the physical and emotional turmoils he recounts, we the readers don t want the book to end, because that means leaving Miss Sasaki, Dr Fujii, Mrs Nakamura, Father Kleinsorge, Dr Sasaki no relation to Miss Sasaki and the Reverend Tanimoto behind We want to stay with them, and make sure they re able to build new lives for themselves.The book s last paragraph a school essay written by Toshio Nakamura, who was 10 years old when the bomb was dropped is particularly heartbreaking, and serves as a fitting coda for Hersey s piece It s short enough to quote here, but really needs to be read in context It s the perfect ending to an important, stirring work of journalism The entire book is highly recommended for all readers Haunting Gut wrenching.Utterly shame enducing.In Hiroshima Hersey has cobbled together the tales of a handful of survivors and woven them effortlessly through his narrative to create a spellbinding history lesson not to be forgotten The engrossing eye witness stories are horrifying, too real, and charged with emotion and drama without the least bit of induced melodrama There s no need Hiroshima shows that truth is farterrible than fiction. My God, what have we done Robert Lewis, the pilotOn August 6 1945 a quiet hysteria buzzed through Hiroshima The Americans had been firebombing Japan for weeks, and it was one of only two key cities they had not yet hit A rumour was going around that the Americans were saving something special for the city The citizens heard the bombing alarm at 7am, which wasn t unusual, or indicating a severe attack However the All clear sounded at 8am and people relaxed, started to read their newspa My God, what have we done Robert Lewis, the pilotOn August 6 1945 a quiet hysteria buzzed through Hiroshima The Americans had been firebombing Japan for weeks, and it was one of only two key cities they had not yet hit A rumour was going around that the Americans were saving something special for the city The citizens heard the bombing alarm at 7am, which wasn t unusual, or indicating a severe attack However the All clear sounded at 8am and people relaxed, started to read their newspapers and cooked breakfast Then at 8.15am, only 15 min later, Little Boy was dropped over Hiroshima and three days later Fat Man over Nagasaki 100,000 out of 300.000 people died instantly, another 130.000 followed the next days, weeks, month and years.I got interested in the atom bombs quite early in life, because my primary school had a partner school in Hiroshima Therefore we exchanged letters with their students, learned origami and participated in memorials, that were held under cherry blossoms trees before our children s hospital Many of them suffered from leukemia I can remember asking myself what it must have felt like to experience an atom bomb dropping, because I really couldn t comprehend it back then Reading this book now made me remember that I never really answered that question for myself, until today Hersey tells the intertwined stories of six people in Hiroshima during and after the attack, allowing horrific insights.I wouldn t have guessed for example, that the people in the city didn t hear an explosion and saw nothingthan a flash of bright light The typical atomic mushroom and the noise, could only be experienced from the outside At first everyone thought that just their building had been hit and were irritated to see that the entire city was destroyed and burning through the pressure wave The skin of the people in the inner circle basically evaporated, many were severely burned, causing the people to believe, that the Americans had covered them with toxic gas or gasoline, that they had set on fire It must have been horrible to experience that people that seemed completely unharmed or were just injured kept dying and dying in the following days and weeks, because they didn t know that they were exposed to deadly radiation and were drinking the intoxicated water Of course the hospitals were destroyed as well andthan half of the doctors were dead, let along the nurses It took over one week before that much order was gained again that they could start to remove the dead bodies and started to get information that the attack might have been atomic related.It was only then when they started to identify the symptoms they observed as atomic disease Accurately it s called acute radiation syndrome and can be separated into three stages The first stage is a drop in the number of blood cells, causing an anemia The second stage causes hair loss, extreme nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain In the third stage the victims experience dizziness, headaches and loose consciousness It is invariably deadly, even though every one of the stages can cause death The third stage can occur within minutes or hours people were just dropping dead or fell asleep out of nothing Beyond that men became sterile and women experienced miscarriages Even today people still die from leukemia or other cancers, caused by the radiation What I missed a bit was the political context Almost four decades after the original publication of the book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told, to tell their after stories In a political sense he focuses a lot on what initiatives etc exist to prevent further bombings and in what whey help was offered or not offered to the survivors and less on actual political decisions That is fine but I would have wished to learnabout the context of the bombing itself, it s development and motivation For me that addition took a bit of power out of the story.In any case a great book I was 2 when Chernobyl blew up, it was a perfect sunny day or so I m told The airborne nuclear waste was making its way through Poland over to Norway My parents were pruning blackberry bushes, getting weeds out from between the carrots and the parsnips, blissfully unaware of the horrors going on few hundred km to the east Little Kasia was helping them out pulling out baby beets with a great enthusiasm Basking in the toxic sun The reactor collapse was made public days after the explosion a I was 2 when Chernobyl blew up, it was a perfect sunny day or so I m told The airborne nuclear waste was making its way through Poland over to Norway My parents were pruning blackberry bushes, getting weeds out from between the carrots and the parsnips, blissfully unaware of the horrors going on few hundred km to the east Little Kasia was helping them out pulling out baby beets with a great enthusiasm Basking in the toxic sun The reactor collapse was made public days after the explosion and only because, in Sweden, at an another nuclear facility noticed increased radioactivity levels on their own clothes and figured out something nasty must have happened in the eastern block Sneaky communist governments with their sneaky conspiracies That s my own, little, nuclear story Nothing in comparison to Hersey s Hiroshima Because Hiroshima has pounded me into the ground Bodies evaporated on spot, shadows of people in mid motion cast into stones Hersey s second by second account of the bombing has a feel of Armagedon The intricate burn patterns you d often recognise the lace flower patterns of their former clothing in their injuries add absurdity to the situation The radiation sickness, people puking out their insides, not knowing why Utter confusion as to what actually happened Miles of concrete city block obliterated with people still alive burried under it No real help ever to come Not with this level of destruction And the book doesn t stop there, Hershey s aftermath is thorough You get to hear about the consequences of the bombing Both long and short term It turns out nobody was left unaffected.There s the poor government handling of the survivors Hiroshima was pretty much left to tend to its own needs Only years later a special health support system was introduced There s the initial unwillingness of health professionals to provide help to Hiroshima victims There s the sense of isolation, loss and depression hunting survivors in years to come Because how do you live past an apocalypse It s an emotionally draining book, hard to get through, but very much worth the strain Well written, well reached and very well thought out, it touches on all the important aspects of the bombing I highly recommend it Let me start with a preambular warning do NOT buy thekindle edition which is missing Chapter 5 This is the eBook edition published by Pickle Partners ASIN B00QU4BBTY Chapter 5 is the John Hersey follow up 40 years later telling the story of the main characters after the original magazine article in 1946 The illustrated kindle edition does not disclose that it includes only the 1946 magazine article text Read a physical edition published after 1989 for acomplete picture Let me start with a preambular warning do NOT buy thekindle edition which is missing Chapter 5 This is the eBook edition published by Pickle Partners ASIN B00QU4BBTY Chapter 5 is the John Hersey follow up 40 years later telling the story of the main characters after the original magazine article in 1946 The illustrated kindle edition does not disclose that it includes only the 1946 magazine article text Read a physical edition published after 1989 for acomplete picture After reading a note written by a German Jesuit priest who survived the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, John Hersey located him and was introduced to five other survivors and documented their stories When I first read the book, I found the story moving, shocking and disturbing The vivid depictions of the survivors and their struggle to live through the next few days are eye openers The new chapter added 40 years later provides some closure to the story of their lives.The prose is simple yet the reader is able to get a good grasp on events and environment John Hersey wrote Hiroshima in a neutral tone and style He told interviewer Steve Rothman, The flat style was deliberate and I still think I was right to adopt it A high literary manner, or a show of passion, would have brought me into the story as a mediator I wanted to avoid such mediation, so the reader s experience would be as direct as possible The New Yorker magazine originally intended to serial publish the story, but made an unprecedented decision to devote the entire issue to John Hersey s story When the article was first published it sold out within hours People were hawking the magazine for up to 20 a great sum in those days and the publisher was unable to fulfill Albert Einstein s order of 1000 copies.The issue of the magazine was prepared in great secrecy, even the clerks and staff of The New Yorker magazine itself were not let in on the secret, and the weekly proofs for publication were seen only by the editors Part of the reason was the subject John Hersey could not actively seek interviewees in Hiroshima since the atomic bomb s aftereffects were heavily censored by the U.S Army of Occupation in 1946 Newspapers in Japan were not allowed to mention the atomic bombs and the survivors, and even poetry mentioning the events was illegal Attempts by the Nippon Times to publish Hersey s article in Japan were blocked in 1946, but copies of the book in English surreptitiously made their way to Tokyo in 1947 It was eventually allowed to be published there in 1948.Many critics on sites likecomplain Hiroshima does not give the reasons for the U.S employing the atomic bombs and so is anti American Hersey s purpose was not to delve into the argument of whether the bombs should have been used, but to report on its effects and the stories of the survivors This book was originally intended as a long magazine article and it did not have the space to cover all arguments and nuances The debate of whether the bombs should or should not have been used really didn t exist when Hersey wrote Hiroshima in 1946 There was no question about using the atomic bombs When the bombs were dropped, America and her allies were in the midst of a total war with Japan, an embrace of death that neither belligerent was willing or could afford to relax The horrors and struggles of war were still fresh in everyone s minds This was a new horror, the face of nuclear war to which Americans were vastly ignorant until John Hersey made the world aware.I also read complaints atthat the article was unbalanced because Hersey did not list Japan s war crimes, especially the Nanking Massacre, or that because of these war crimes the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki got what they deserved These arguments are specious at best and immoral at worst There can be no doubt the Japanese military and the Japanese government were responsible for many war crimes, perhaps even on a greater scale than Nazi Germany The Nanking Massacre, the Bataan Death March, the Laha Massacre, and the Sandakan Death March to list but a few The victims of man s inhumanity to man, whether they died in the bombing of Rotterdam, the Holocaust, the Nanking Massacre, the Bismarck Sea incident, the Coventry Blitz, the firebombing of Dresden, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or the Malmedy Massacre few, if any, of the victims deserved death The people were all sons and daughters some were husbands, wives, brothers or sisters Each one was a human being with a name, hopes and dreams Each has a story and should be respected and remembered.War is savage and brutal, but one tragedy does not justify the next, and the killing of one prisoner or civilian does not justify the killing of another.Every victim deserves to be remembered and have their story told Hiroshima gives a face to the victims of the atomic bombs This is their story On August Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city This book, John Hersey s journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic that stirs the conscience of humanity The New York TimesAlmost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told His account of what he discovered about them is now the eloquent and moving final chapter ofHiroshima On August 6th, 1945, the people of Hiroshima will witness the darkest of days, as at 8.15am a vision of hell on earth shall arrive on their doorsteps, the atomic bomb 100,000 men, women and children lost their lives with countlessseriously burned, injured and mentally scared for life This is the story of six survivors including doctors, priests and parents who show great courage, strength and determination at a time of complete and utter chaos to help whose in need Using a simple prose On August 6th, 1945, the people of Hiroshima will witness the darkest of days, as at 8.15am a vision of hell on earth shall arrive on their doorsteps, the atomic bomb 100,000 men, women and children lost their lives with countlessseriously burned, injured and mentally scared for life This is the story of six survivors including doctors, priests and parents who show great courage, strength and determination at a time of complete and utter chaos to help whose in need Using a simple prose reminiscent of such writers as Yasunari kawabata, John Hersey basically splits the book in two, firstly we have the immediate aftermath of events where widespread panic and confusion are placed on those who managed to survive and try to grasp just what is going on around them, and rather than go into too much detail regarding the actual deaths which were just horrific, Hersey mainly pays attention to those frantically looking for loved ones or those able enough to help Into the second half the six individuals are looked at indetail during the years following war and here it becomes very moving and life affirming to see the spirit and resolve they use to do good and make the most of their lives which almost bought a tear to my eye If I could be granted just one wish, world peace would be the only thing on my mind, and today we need itthan ever as there doesn t seem to be a day that goes by without an atrocity taking place somewhere Sadly that s just a distant dream but we must always live in hope Lovepeace Do not work primarily for money do your duty to patients first and let the money follow our life is short, we don t live twice the whirlwind will pick up the leaves and spin them, but then it will drop them and they will form a pile Stunning Book report on Atomic Bomb explosion by US on Japan during WWII.Special piece of writing and all data s near about the Facts.It expressed frantically , by different perceptions.Reveals by various person was remained alive and their efforts made in tha Do not work primarily for money do your duty to patients first and let the money follow our life is short, we don t live twice the whirlwind will pick up the leaves and spin them, but then it will drop them and they will form a pile Stunning Book report on Atomic Bomb explosion by US on Japan during WWII.Special piece of writing and all data s near about the Facts.It expressed frantically , by different perceptions.Reveals by various person was remained alive and their efforts made in that drastic and vital situation.In end, it describes hows such nuclear devastation could lead to atmospheric as well human deparature if ever would be come in used in anyway A deferential account of the Hiroshima bombing It is told through the lives of six people two Christian priests, two doctors, a mother of three and a clerk It is not sensational at all and people who have been numbed by watching too many zombie movies might not enjoy it John Hershey gives us a short account of the lives of each character and what they were doing on the morning that the bomb hit These short accounts tell us what Japanese society was like during the war The Christian priest A deferential account of the Hiroshima bombing It is told through the lives of six people two Christian priests, two doctors, a mother of three and a clerk It is not sensational at all and people who have been numbed by watching too many zombie movies might not enjoy it John Hershey gives us a short account of the lives of each character and what they were doing on the morning that the bomb hit These short accounts tell us what Japanese society was like during the war The Christian priest is terrified by the rampant xenophobia against Japanese Christians An ageing doctor who owns his own nursing home is enjoying his idyllic life in an underwear when the bomb hits He likes to drink whiskey in the evening with his friends The mother of three watches as her neighbor surrenders his house for wartime activities at the behest of the government All of them live in a constant state of anxiety because Hiroshima is one of the few places that have not been bombed Their lives are characterized by the preparations for the impending bombing Hershey s tone is measured, whether he is describing misery or bravery or hatred, almost as if he is being weighed down by some great responsibility I was not entirely convinced by his writing style I am sure this is because I am used to reading or watching sensationalistic accounts of events, because one of the reasons for reading Hiroshima is the same as why I read books about serial killers A latent sadism An eagerness to know what misery befell these victims What was it like when the atom bomb hit In August 2018, Kerala, the state in which I was born was awash after the government was forced to openthan thirty dams when their levels crossed the danger limits The state had receivedthan 40% rainfall than it usually did over a period of one month We in Kochi located in Southern Kerala , eagerly watched the news while waiting for the water to reach us False rumors spread on social media We stocked food in the book, the Christian priest helps his friend and daughter move valuable stuff to another house in case there is a bombing The restaurants began to close The water supply was cut off after one of the pumping stations got flooded My wife told me to gather certificates of my educational qualifications and proof of all our investments in a file Mrs.Nakamura, the mother of three similarly writes down account numbers of her bond investments I went out and bought two bottles of vodka because I feared they would shut down the liquor stores and I would be left dry during the Onam festival period Between August 15th and 26th, when the floods were at their worst, the Kerala State Beverages Corporation sold alcohol worth 75 million The water kept coming Refugee camps were opened I noticed the long queues and chaos in the camps when they showed pictures on TV Hershey seems to suggest that the Japanese endured the bombing with great dignity The Christian priest is struck by how there were no cries from the wounded people who had gathered in a park We talked nervously about moving to a hotel if the water reached our street India is not an ordered society like Japan Relatives living in flooded regions sent terrifying pictures and videos of flooded ground floors and old folk on terraces I was scared But there was also a sadistic aspect to this waiting for doom while being informed through social media about what it would be like The videos of water taking the roads and cars were entertaining as long as they were not mine During the annual Mumbai floods, the poor folk living in the slums would come out to the flooded roads to help stranded middle class people They did this gleefully as if they were celebrating Their glee fueled no doubt by the knowledge that things were falling apart The writer Manu Joseph described all this better than me I have seen sadists hiding in places of empathy because they need to be close to human suffering, they need to be in the best seats to watch human and animal suffering They are fascinating They themselves do believe they are good Some of the other reviews suggest that this was a terrifying book Except for a few instances in the book their faces were wholly burned, their eyesockets were hollow, the fluid from their melted eyes had run down their cheeks , I did not find it to be terrifying at all It was almost like a detached account of a terrifying event with the author only occasionally stepping in with his commentary There, in the tin factory, in the first moment of the atomic age, a human being was crushed by books.


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About the Author: John Hersey

John Richard Hersey was a Pulitzer Prize winning American writer and journalist considered one of the earliest practitioners of the so called New Journalism, in which storytelling devices of the novel are fused with non fiction reportage Hersey s account of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, was adjudged the finest piece of journalism of the 20th century by a 36 member panel under the aegis of New York University s journalism department.