Hiroshima: The Story of the First Atom Bomb
  • Hiroshima: The Story of the First Atom Bomb
  • Hiroshima: The Story of the First Atom Bomb

Hiroshima: The Story of the First Atom Bomb

by Clive A. Lawton
     
 

Drawing on primary sources and startling photographs, a renowned authority investigates the events that led up to the disaster at Hiroshima in 1945 — and discusses the consequences we are still living with today.

"My God, what have we done?" — Copilot of the ENOLA GAY, after dropping the first atomic bomb

On August 6, 1945, the

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Drawing on primary sources and startling photographs, a renowned authority investigates the events that led up to the disaster at Hiroshima in 1945 — and discusses the consequences we are still living with today.

"My God, what have we done?" — Copilot of the ENOLA GAY, after dropping the first atomic bomb

On August 6, 1945, the United States of America dropped the world¹s first atomic bomb, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, a decision that ushered in the nuclear age and marked the end of World War II. When the atomic bomb exploded at 8:15 a.m., 70,000 people were killed instantly. Thousands more were dead of radiation sickness within weeks. More still were sick, scarred, and deformed for the rest of their lives by the chemicals in the bomb. Three days later, another bomb killed 40,000 people in Nagasaki. In this extraordinary resource for young readers, Clive A. Lawton clearly and objectively explores the politics and the science behind the military decision that would set in motion the nuclear arms race.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The destruction and devastation of the atom bomb are realistically portrayed. Photographs from the era depict this horrific period of our history in an authentic and memorable way. Basic background information about the people involved in the development and the eventual use of the bomb provide a sense of the agony that went into the many decisions leading up to the actual event. The entrance of the United States in the war following Pearl Harbor and the fear of further aggression by both Japan and the USSR are presented as the major reasons considered. Many people involved in the development and the dropping of the bomb expressed regret when they saw the extent of the desolation it brought about. Continuing effects on history and present day military decisions are discussed. A chronology, glossary, and index aid in finding specific information. Brief biographical information about eight of the key people mentioned in the text is featured in the back of the book. A good resource for researchers of all ages. 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 10 to 18.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-A large, profusely illustrated account of the development and use of the atomic bomb. Lawton presents the basics of the nuclear theory behind it; the Manhattan Project; the progress of World War II and V-E Day; Truman's decision to use the bomb; the mission of the Enola Gay and the results of the Hiroshima explosion; and the subsequent use of the bomb on Nagasaki. The book also looks at the aftermath, including the surrender of Japan, the survivors, the rebirth of Hiroshima, and the continuing influence of nuclear weapons on the world. The text is clearly written though superficial in places, especially the passage on the complexities of the decision to use this weapon. Brief biographical entries on the primary characters and a chronology enhance the text, while outstanding black-and-white and full-color photos and drawings convey as much of the story as the text. Similar to Jason Hook's Hiroshima (Raintree, 2003), this is a well-organized title on a topic of perennial interest.-Jeffrey A. French, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763622718
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Series:
Watts Nonfiction
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,313,003
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

Clive A. Lawton is a former high school principal in Liverpool, England. He has written and broadcast extensively on moral and religious issues,
especially as they affect education. Currently a member of the U.K. Home
Office Advisory Panel on Race Equality, Clive A. Lawton is the author of the award-winning AUSCHWITZ: THE STORY OF A NAZI DEATH CAMP.

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