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The late Dr. Michihiko Hachiya was director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital when the world's first atomic bomb was dropped on the city. Though his responsibilities in the appalling chaos of a devastated city were awesome, he found time to record the story daily, with compassion and tenderness. His compelling diary was originally published by the UNC Press in 1955, with the help of Dr. Warner Wells of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who was a surgical consultant to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission and who became a friend of Dr. Hachiya. In a new foreword, John Dower reflects on the enduring importance of the diary fifty years after the bombing.
Posted April 11, 2013
I am a high school sophmore who had to read this book for a research project in my english class. The book spans
a month and a half period in which the affects of the atomic bomb are shown in horrific detail. I thought that overall
the book was a very interesting and historic read that definitely left a big impression on me. I have always had a
deep interest in World War II and this book helped me to understand it all the more. Through this book we are
able to see so vividly the catastrophe that was the atomic bomb and World War II and how dangerous and
destructive the path is that they pave. The one downside to this book is that it is quite slow. As interesting as it may
be, Dr. Hachiya had no intention for the diary to be published, causing his extreme detail and repetitiveness in
writing to sometimes be tedious to read. There is also many characters that are a little hard to keep track of. Putting
these downfalls aside, I still strongly encouarge you to read the book. It will open your eyes to the point of view of
the Japanese people that suffered such a great tragedy at the hands of the atomic bomb.
Posted August 6, 2010
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