Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945 / Edition 2

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Overview

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.
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"An extraordinary literary event."--New York Times

"One of the most extraordinary records of human calamity and courage in the history of letters."--Newsweek

"Although Hiroshima Diary is necessarily full of horrors, it is not a depressing book. Frightening certainly; but the courage, patience, unselfishness, and resourcefulness it records would make the grimmest misanthrope proud of the human race."--Atlantic Monthly

"Comes closer to telling the real story than anything I have seen outside Japan."--Norman Cousins

"I have read it through at a sitting. . . . It is a simple and unpretentious account of compassion, sorrow, and great courage."--Robert Oppenheimer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807845479
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 966,948
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    I am a high school sophmore who had to read this book for a rese

    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.

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