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by John Hershey

eBook Hiroshima download ISBN: 0140093826
Author: John Hershey
Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (1968)
Language: English
Pages: 116
ePub: 1333 kb
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Category: History
Subcategory: Asia

Hiroshima is a 1946 book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey. It tells the stories of six survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Hiroshima is a 1946 book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey. It regarded as one of the earliest examples of the New Journalism, in which the story-telling techniques of fiction are adapted to non-fiction reporting.

John Hersey's 1946 piece exploring how six survivors experienced the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, and its aftermath. There, in the tin factory, in the first moment of the atomic age, a human being was crushed by books. Immediately after the explosion, the Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto, having run wildly out of the Matsui estate and having looked in wonderment at the bloody soldiers at the mouth of the dugout they had been digging, attached himself sympathetically to an old lady who was walking along in a daze, holding her head with her left hand, supporting a small boy of three.

ON Monday, August 6th, 1945, a new era in human history opened. Penguin Books, feeling that Hersey’s story should receive the widest possible circulation in Great Britain, immediately cabled to Alfred A. Knopf for, and were accorded, permission to issue it complete in book form.

Hersey’s extraordinary, gripping book tells the personal stories of six people who endured the 1945 atom bomb attack on the Japanese city. American print journalism, possibly thanks to its special place in the US constitution, occasionally delivers exemplary knockout blows, world-class reporting on great subjects. John Hersey’s Hiroshima stands at the head of this tradition. These 31,000 words of searing testimony were written and published just a year after the dropping of the first A-bomb on Japan in August 1945, a terrible act of war that killed 100,000 men, women and children and marked.

From Yellow Peril to Japanese Wasteland: John Hersey's "Hiroshima"". Twentieth Century Literature. . Michaub, Jon (June 8, 2010).

If ever there was a subject calculated to make a writer overwrought and a piece overwritten, it was the bombing of Hiroshima", wrote Hendrik Hertzberg, "yet Hersey's reporting was so meticulous, his sentences and paragraphs were so clear, calm and restrained, that the horror of the story he had to tell came through all the more chillingly. From Yellow Peril to Japanese Wasteland: John Hersey's "Hiroshima"".

Hiroshima is the story of six human beings who lived through the greatest single manmade disaster in history. With what Bruce Bliven called "the simplicity of genius," John Hersey tells what these six - a clerk, a widowed seamstress, a physician, a Methodist minister, a young surgeon, and a German Catholic priest - were doing at 8:15 . on August 6, 1945, when Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atomic bomb ever dropped on a city.

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After going to Japan and interviewing survivors, Hersey decided to show the bombing through six pairs of eyes.

After going to Japan and interviewing survivors, Hersey decided to show the bombing through six pairs of eyes. Originally, Hiroshima was planned as a four-part series. In the end, however, it was all published in a single issue, in August of 1946. There was nothing unusual about the cover, which showed ordinary people enjoying summertime

...timeless and compassionate account of the catastrophic event...
Comments: (7)
If you never read another book about what war really is, read this one. Stunning, unforgettable, amazing what we are capable of doing to our fellow man. This is the type of history book that your children need to be reading; one that is reality based, one that creates discussion and reflection on what they value in life and how they view the world events of yesteryear and today. One word picture that I cannot get out of my mind is the description of the shadows of objects and people being emblazoned on structures by the flash of the bomb. The objects and people were incinerated but their presence in place and time was recorded for the survivors and observers. I found Hiroshima thought provoking and although I do not read/study historical events in depth as a rule, I find that I am moved to learn more about our history before someone tries to re-write it and make the truth disappear before our very eyes.
As the world devolves into autocratic leadership and dictatorships that have the ability to destroy the world, it is important to look at what we have done and consider the danger that rests in the hands of governments that use military solutions to complex problems. This book graphically and objectively depicts the horrible results of our dropping an atomic bomb on the citizens of Hiroshima. War at any level is abhorrent, but this was inhumane and horrific. An important book for the ages..
I found this book deeply disturbing, but then again I think there is no other way to think about a dropped atomic bomb.

Even though the story was overwhelming, I found the people's stories very touching and immensely human. The fact that they did not simply give up. The fact that they tried to help one another, the fact that they somehow made it through whilst tens of thousands of others did not; this is what I have taken away from this book.

I truly feel this should be read by all students as they learn about WWII
In his classic book, "Hiroshima," John Hersey simply and powerfully tells the story of six residents of Hiroshima who were dramatically and traumatically impacted by the dropping of the atomic bomb near the end of World War II. I've always been fascinated by World War II history and have deeply appreciated works of art like "Band of Brothers" or "Ghost Soldiers," which help to bring humanity and complexity into our perceptions of war, which are too often overly abstract and neatly simplistic (good guys vs. bad guys, hopefully the good guys won). But "Hiroshima" does something even more challenging but no less important for American readers, bringing that humanity and complexity from the perspective of the "enemy," in this case Japanese doctors, clergy, mothers, and office workers with no particular political or military associations.

The central strength of the book is its gripping account of the lives of these six individuals, setting the stage before the bomb was dropped, describing the events that immediately followed the immense explosion, and following the impact of that cataclysmic event in the ensuing months and years. In fact, a final chapter, written 40 years after the original publication of the book, gives another update for the six featured people, four decades down the road. And, in all of this, Hersey manages to tell a powerful, vivid story without getting preachy or political. At the end of the day, we get a sense of the devastation, a hint of the suffering, a glimmer of the confusion, and just a faint taste of the impact of that first atomic bomb. It's a worthy experience for anyone, from any nationality or political persuasion.

I do have one minor quibble with Hersey's approach. With only six subjects to describe, I found it odd and unnecessarily limited in scope that two of them were physicians and two of them were Christian clergy (though one was Catholic and one was Protestant). Had he found a more diverse cross-section of Japanese society, I think that the main strength of the book would have been augmented. But this critique is truly insignificant within the context of the power of Hersey's work.

Ultimately, part of my experience in appreciating this book comes from a cultural upbringing that celebrated the United States' military might and historical successes with an abstract triumphalist tone, failing to bother to understand the devastating effects that war brings to all sides of any military conflict. As I've studied and learned as much military history as I can, my perspective has thankfully become more nuanced, and I'm mindful of the dangers of looking at an event like the bombing of Hiroshima as nothing more than a good old fashioned Yankee whooping. "Hiroshima" helps to counter that cheap view of human worth by shedding light on the horrors of war, from the often untold perspective of the defeated. It's true that the victors get to write history, and I'm glad that Hersey took the brave step to make sure that the impact on the vanquished is at least known and understood on some level. He does so without making sweeping political implications, without suggesting that the Hiroshima bombing was necessarily a mistake. He merely says that this event happened, that it was tragically awful for many people, that real people suffered and died, and that we would do well to be aware of those realities when we think back in history at war. I'd recommend the book to absolutely anyone who can see the potential value of being stretched and challenged in that direction.
The praise for this book is all well deserved for a number of reasons. The stories in the book are not only compelling, but the delivery is remarkably easy to read. The author conveys these stories in vivid detail, and makes them very interesting to read. The second half of the book is brief coverage of the lives of the 6 individuals in the years after the bombing.. and these too are compelling because their reveal the human nature.

The nature and quality of this type of journalism is very old school compared to what we have today. The author is not trying to influence the reader's thinking.. he's presented a story and lets us fully understand it.