Hiroshima

Mass Market Paperback | March 4, 1989

byJohn Hersey

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On August 6, 1945, 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 Times).

Almost 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 of Hiroshima.

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 On August 6, 1945, the United States brought a dark new spectre into the war arena when they dropped the first ever atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Here, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author John Hersey returns to this now famous Japanese city and humanizes the catastrophic through interviews with the people whose stories he had tol...

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On August 6, 1945, 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 Yo...

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On August 6, 1945, 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 Y...

John Hersey was born in Tientsin, China, in 1914 and lived there until 1925, when his familyreturned to the United States. He studied at Yale and Cambridge, served for a time as Sinclair Lewis’s secretary, and then worked several years as a journalist. Beginning in 1947 he devoted his time mainly to writing fiction. He won the Pulitzer...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.87 × 4.17 × 0.48 inPublished:March 4, 1989Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0679721037

ISBN - 13:9780679721031

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hiroshima Written by John Hersey, Hiroshima is a gripping and captivating book about the atrocities of war. Hersey portrays the horrific aftermath of one of the greatest brutalities ever caused by man and humanizes barbaric inhumanity. Skillfully written, this book allows readers to follow the events that led up to the bombing of Hiroshima and the days that followed it. By hearing the real life account of the bombing one is able to live the ordeal through the eyes of survivors.I personally found this book shocking and extremely disturbing due to the reality of the entire circumstance. Even today our world is full of war and war crimes are an ever-increasing issue in the news but often the ordeal of the survivors is overlooked. This book puts a gripping reality to war. It leaves the reader in shock at the actions of the human race and in fear of the capabilities of mankind. Hiroshima is a devastating account of the world war two bombing that killed civilians and accomplished victory for the allies but at such a high price one can’t help but wonder if it was worth it?
Date published: 2001-05-10

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 On August 6, 1945, the United States brought a dark new spectre into the war arena when they dropped the first ever atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Here, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author John Hersey returns to this now famous Japanese city and humanizes the catastrophic through interviews with the people whose stories he had told nearly 40 years ago in the original release of Hiroshima. Eloquently written, readers will be moved by the vivid accounts of that fateful day as described by survivors such as, Miss Sasaki and Reverend Tanimoto.