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  • ISBN-13: 9781482587982
  • Publication date: 4/28/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    John Hersey, a devoted writer and editor, tells the tales of six survivors who lived through the greatest single manmade disaster in history, in the book Hiroshima. The vivid descriptions of the experiences these people went thorough gave me chills. The scenes sounded too disturbing to even be true. But the entire book was very factual. Roads being so hot they were soft, human flesh slipping off from the lightest touch, and humans vanishing with only ash outlines to prove their existence. These descriptions were told so well they sound unimaginable. Although this book was interesting to read, I found myself getting bored and distracted easily. The lack of dialogue and a main plot made me get lost throughout the story and unexcited to keep reading. Although I was bored when reading most of the novel, I felt very compassionate towards these survivors, for they had risked their lives to help others in need. I was able to connect with this story because I visited the city of Hiroshima a couple years ago. The city is bustling and lively, filled with people. I couldn't imagine the horror these six survivors went through. I got to see the A-bomb dome, the largest building still existing from the time the bomb was dropped. The Sadako statue filled with colorful cases and thousands of cranes makes me happy that our world is striving for peace. But the images I witnessed in the peace memorial looked so similarly to the mental pictures I could visualize while reading. If someone were interested in Japanese history and facts then I would highly recommend this book. But for a person looking for an exciting story and plot I wouldn't. Overall this was a very decent book that informed me but didn't hold my attention through out the whole novel.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2010

    You'll love this book!

    Hiroshima, by John Hersey, is a historical book about two women, and four men that survived the atomic bomb on August 6th, 1945. It talks about what the six survivors were doing when the bomb went off, what they had to go through for many months, what sorts of devistation did they see, and their emotions. Their emotions like in mourning, dissapointment, anger, sadness, or relief. This book also shows a lot about the Japanese culture. Its also a good book because it doesnt just give you facts, but stories that will stay in your mind. This book might be a little gruesome since the bomb caused such chaos and killed many.If you're looking for a good historical book that tells both sides of the story : the American side and the Japanese side, this is a good book. However, in the begining, I was confused about the characters. There are six characters making it hard to follow each individual without getting cunfused on who is who. However, later on in the book, some people tie together in each others lives making it easier to remember who is each character.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

    The Price of the Atomic Bomb

    .the change was too sudden, from a busy city of two hundred and forty-five thousand that morning to a mere pattern of residue in the after. (page 40) The atomic bomb signaled the end of World War II, but it came with a terrible price. The excerpt above describes one of the devastating effects of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Because of the bomb, people suffered, many died, families were destroyed, a whole city faced destruction, and the few that survived were scarred for life. John Hersey captures all of these in his novel Hiroshima. John Hersey skillfully captures the stories of six survivors of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Through his writing, he demonstrates his knowledge and thorough research of this tragic event and the stories of the six survivors. It was easy to picture the surroundings and the suffering of the people because he stated it as the survivors saw it. Hersey's writing style was dry because he did not use sensory and concrete detail as much as he could of. Still, the subject and seriousness of his memoir made me think of the bombing of Hiroshima as more that just an event in history, but also as a turning point in thousands of peoples' lives. In my opinion, I believe that Hiroshima was a satisfactory memoir, and I neither liked nor disliked it. Intellectually, this book was excellent. It included accurate facts and stories and was well-researched. It had a strong basis and interesting subject. As a reader, though, I found this memoir a bit boring. I was expecting more dialogue and for the story to be told from the survivors' point of view. Instead, the majority of the book was narration, stating what happened to the characters instead of focusing on their emotional thoughts. Despite of this, Hiroshima is an interesting memoir to read because it focuses on a subject that has not been explored by many authors.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

    A Life Changing Flash

    Hiroshima, by John Hersey illustrates the events that took place on August 6, 1945, and its effects on the hibakusha, or A-Bomb victims. The book is very factual, and the narrator tells this in third person perspectives of six everyday people.
    Overall, I did not care much for this book. It lacked the ability so maintain my attention, and I often got bored while reading it. One of the main reasons why it didn't grasp my attention was because the whole story is basically told by the narrator, with very little dialogue. If choosing to read this book to learn about the events that occurred, and the hardships that the hibakusha faced,then I would recommend this book. If choosing to read this book for pleasure, then I wound not suggest it because of its inability to engage the reader for a large amount of time.
    As a person of Japanese descent, this book was able to connect to me as a reader. The plot is very detailed in events that took place, giving me a good picture illustrating the hardships that took place not only on that day, but throughout the decades that followed. This book displays the pride of the Japanese culture, and the willingness of the hibakusha to do whatever it takes to help the greater cause.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    A moving story, told from the accounts of actual Hiroshima survi

    A moving story, told from the accounts of actual Hiroshima survivors. Captures, in great detail, the brutality, stupidity, and even integrity of the human race, showing the contrast between U.S. and Japan's cultural differences. How an average Japanese citizen feels to blame that he be the only uninjured soul among countless dead. I actually felt his pain... It hurt. He had to make the toughest decisions. Decisions that nobody should ever have to make. But that was considered normal under the circumstance. In a chaotic Japanese city in ruin, six survivors tell their tale. ~E.M.M~ "Truly Solid all together." ~SFm~

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

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    Highly Recommended - one of the best memoirs I have ever read!

    Hiroshima, by John Hersey, describes the story of the atomic bombing and its affect on the lives of six Japanese people. On August 6, 1945, the story begins when one of the first atomic bombs ever used on another country devastates Hiroshima, leaving six survivors. These people are Dr. Masakazu Fujii, Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto, Dr. Terufumi Sasaki, Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, and Toshiko Sasaki. The author describes the affects of the bombing from all six points of view, and it gives us a clear view of the emotions of each individual and how they cope with the traumatic experience. As the book progresses we see how the characters grow into heroes among each other because of their motivation to attempt to rescue others who have been badly injured by the atomic bomb. I really enjoyed reading this book because I love reading about events that have happened in Japan's history. I also liked this book because of the way the author portrays the emotions of each of the characters. It made me feel the fear, anger, or nervousness that was in the mind of the characters. Overall I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading about an event in Japanese history and likes to be able to connect emotions with the characters. This is an excellent book and I'm glad that I took the time to read this amazing story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    A Different Point of View

    This story was told simply. It felt as though you were reading a reporter's story notes. You get a true sense of the horror and confusion of the day and those that followed.
    It is interesting to follow each person from where they were at the momoment of impact. As they move through that day and the next days, weeks and months (then years), it is interesting to see how various people react to the same event and how little decisions make a difference in the outcome.
    It is good to know the impact of war. No matter how much you believe in the cause and support the actions taken, there is a cost. If we lose sight of the ramifications of waging war - that it does take lives of real people- then war will become too easy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    AP World History review: Why this book was great, and Why I High

    AP World History review: Why this book was great, and Why I Highly Recommend it

    John Hersey crafted an amazing novel with his book Hiroshima. The book was about 4 men and 2 women who risked their lives to help others in need, and who were all heavily affected by the dropping of the A-bomb. This book helped me to understand just how devastating the bomb was to the Japanese people, and really illustrated the destructiveness of the bomb and the ensuing radioactivity. John Hersey really does a great job at providing another perspective to the dropping of the atomic bomb, and his descriptive word choice kept me in an anticipatory mood throughout the whole book. I feel as if the author's purpose of writing this novel was to really show the american public just how destructive and devastating the atomic bomb was to the japanese people and to Hiroshima. He does a great job of this by keeping the audience hooked with his awesome word choice. He also utilizes different perspectives between people of different ethnicities to really reach out to different audiences. Overall I feel as if John Hersey's masterful writing led to the broadened horizon in peoples perspective around the world regarding the dropping of the Atomic Bomb.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

           My first impression before even opening this book was tha

           My first impression before even opening this book was that it would be a boring war or natural disaster report on the bombing of 
    Hiroshima. That is definitely not the case. This book is a fast pace, heart wrenching description of the devastating effects of the atomic
    bomb on Japan. It is told from the life stories of six lucky survivors of the bombing which adds to the sadness and violence of the 
    bombing knowing that it was told from these real life experiences. It also lets us see a different side of Japan's history that was once 
    never considered to affect our history of the United States.  
            So i would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good history driven novel that has multiple very good messages
    throughout the novel. It is very helpful in describing all the long-term effects atomic bombs have on Japan and its effect on all of the
    world. It also helps explain about military might and how it effects the war around the world, like the United States using the first
    atomic bomb opening a new way in military technology. It also opened a new way in medical technology due to the aftermath effects of
    radiation on the Japanese people. Everyone should read this book because it gives you a new perspective on life and makes you
    appreciate the almost non-affeced western world in wars. 

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

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    I had to read this for a Japanese history class and it was amazi

    I had to read this for a Japanese history class and it was amazing. I honestly think every person should read this book. There are a few things to note however...
    1. If you're looking for a plot-driven story do not read this book. This book covers the accounts of several survivors of the atomic bomb so this isn't like filled with Good vs. Evil or plot twists, it is simply what happened.
    2. It is graphic. I love horror movies and have watched them since I was little without any issue and even I got ill from reading some of the descriptions.
    3. It can be confusing. The book is separated by time, not characters. By that I mean it is sectioned into like "before the bomb" "the bombing" "etc. Therefore the stories of the characters are intermixed and overlap. It's a little jarring to go between several characters quickly, especially if you don't remember names well.
    4. This book isn't like World War Z where the characters are describing the events, instead it is described from third person so it gives it less of a realistic feeling. Just fyi. Even after those comments I would still recommend the book to everyone, it is heartbreaking and gives you another view of what happened during the war. It certainly won't be liked by everyone, no book ever is, but it is a fascinating read nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    One War, Six Survivors Hiroshima, a classic novel written by Jo

    One War, Six Survivors
    Hiroshima, a classic novel written by John Hersey in 1946, is a truly inspirational book. It traces the lives and dangerous experiences of six individuals (two doctors, two women, and two religious men).  Dr. Masakazu Fujii, Dr. Terufumi Sasaki, Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, Mrs. Toshiko Sasaki, Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, and Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto all go through daring and perilous journeys through the war just to survive in the end, even if it results in radiation sickness or severe injuries. After reading Hiroshima, the true meaning revealed itself. I believe that the theme or true meaning to Hiroshima is not about the reasons why the bombing of Hiroshima happened or to inform, but how something so devastating can bring together people as a community and work together. In chapter 4, John Hersey explains, “One feeling they did seem to share, however, was a curious kind of elated community spirit . . . a pride in the way they and their fellow-survivors had stood up to a dreadful ordeal.” I think the key words that should be recognized in this quote are “community spirit”. These two words are what fully support the major theme of this book. Reflecting on all the gruesome horror stories of the sicknesses and injures people experienced; it really makes the reader empathize what happened. What I really liked about this novel is that it strikes the readers emotions and explains the six survivors experiences, however, It annoyed me sometimes because the point of view kept changing throughout the entire book. It was hard to follow occasionally and it felt very disorganized even though the content was incredible. These flaws shouldn’t be a deal-breaker when deciding whether or not to read Hiroshima because it can be overlooked for the content. As much as I would love to reccommend other works by John Hersey, I cannot because I have not yet read any other novels written by him. However, Overall, i give this book 4 out of 5 stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    This book is about a famous person that takes place in the count

    This book is about a famous person that takes place in the country of Hiroshima, Japan. The main character in this book is Dr. Sasaki. Dr. Sasaki is a famous person that protects, and defends himself and his wonderful wife named Mrs. Sasaki. The big two themes in this book is all about survival and defending. During the bombing in Hiroshima, and Nagasaki Japan the couple need to figure out a plan to get out of the country of Japan. I really like this book because it takes you back in time during the world war 2. I would recommed this book to the whole United States of America because it is very interesting to read about Hirosjima, Japan. I'm giving this book three out of 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    genius at work

    genius at work

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    The crew of the ENOLA GAY did not like this book.

    I'd known Paul Tibbets (pilot of the "Silverplate" B-29 ENOLA GAY and commander of the 509th CBG) for years while he was alive. I've also known Dutch Van Kirk, navigator of the "Silverplate" B-29 ENOLA GAY. This was one of the first WW2 military history (and aviation history) books I'd ever read, which happened to have been back in 1966, when I was 12. I'd never thought of it this way, but the men I knew in the 509th CBG always told me that they felt Hersey had portrayed them as militarists, rather than who they really were. Who they really were, were normal, patriotic Americans, doing whatever they could to help bring an end to all the pain and suffering of WW2.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    Hiroshima is a non-fiction book that tells the stories of 6 surv

    Hiroshima is a non-fiction book that tells the stories of 6 survivors of the dropping of the first atomic bomb. The book started minutes before the bomb dropped and heated up quickly. The book is told in a very matter of fact manner, which means that is tells all the details without sugarcoating them. For instance, the author uses a lot of descriptions like this one, "their faces were wholly burned, their eyesockets were hollow, the fluid from their melted eyes had run down their cheeks" (68). Although the book is very graphic, intense, and sad, it is a good story and deserves a rating of 4 stars. It is a good book with great writing, but the way the story is told might not appeal to everyone and the content could be disturbing to a number of people. Overall the book is a good read and I recommend it if you can handle graphic content and immense sadness in a novel that tells the story of one of the greatest man-made tragedies the world has known thus far.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    Not the greatest...

    An okay book, but I think it needed some background information and context about World War II and WHY the bombs were dropped. This book just focused on the horror, and oh, how terrible we Americans are for dropping the bomb. But it never gives OUR reasons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    The Untold Stories: Hiroshima

    I have read the book, Hiroshima by John Hersey, and I thought it was pretty good. Not knowing really what to expect when I first read it, I was surprised by how much detailed description he had. I liked how each character had a totally different story. Some were tragic but others were not so bad. Overall, this book was just sad because to think that some one so sinister would do this to a populated city is so very wrong. I couldn't get over the fact that we Americans would do something so inhumane. I liked how John Hersey wrote the book, in like a sort of journal-like way. I would have enjoyed the book a little more if it were in 1st person narrations then 3rd, but that I just my opinion. I thought most of the characters acted calmly and well for such a big situation. One of them, Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, had to take care of herself and her children. She is also the one who went through the most, coming down with radiation sickness later in the book and having to go through poverty. This book was a good book for people who don't know what really happened in Hiroshima, and for those who want to know the untold stories of these six survivors. I loved this book, and I hope, for anyone who decides to read it, that they will love it too.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Real

    A real story of real people. Devastatingly harsh in reality. This book was a great read! Makes you feel grateful for the things you have and resentful against the warlike nature of human beings. MUST READ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2011

    Hiroshima: An excellent story about the truth

    The book, Hiroshima, by John Hersey, is a story about the struggle for survival for six defferent Japanese citizens during the bombing of Hiroshima. The book takes the reader from minutes to hours before the bomb was dropped in each person's perspectives. The six characters are Mrs. Nakamura, a tailor's widdow, Dr. Sasaki, a surgeon at the Red Cross Hospital, Father Kleinsorge, a German preist, Miss Sasaki, a young clerk working at a tin factory, Mr. Fujii, a doctor at a local clinic, and Mr. Tanimoto, a Methodist pastor. Throughout the story, each person struggles to survive sickness, sleep deprivation from helping the ill, and helping eachother to survive.

    I felt this book was an excellent book to read not only for school but for personal enjoyment. I read this book once for school, but later I decided to read it again because it was that good! I feel Hersey does a great job of adding the emotional effect to each page as the reader flips through the book. His writing style is fantastic because he is able to print the images (no matter how horrific) into the reader's mind to really keep the seriousness of the story present. This book also does a great job of showing readers the horror of the bombing and why the atomic bomb is such a dangerous weapon. Parts such as when Mr. Tanimoto is running through the debris and seeing all of the injured and dying people call for help really intensify the experience of reading this book. Overall, a very touching, fantastic book for readers at least in middle school. Hopefully this book will show people what war looks like at its ugliest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2011

    It WAs Alright

    Hiroshima Book Review
    In the book Hiroshima by John Hersey, it was about the first nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat. The atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. The book was about the stories of the people who were able to survive against all of the odds of the bomb. They survived the impact, the radiation, and the damage of the bomb. The theme of the book was to show how chaotic things were for the civilians in Hiroshima after the bomb was dropped. What I liked about the book was how it showed the impact it had on people from all sides of where the bomb was dropped. I also liked how it told how far away the survivors were from the explosion. What I didn't like about the book was how sad it was to read what happened to these people and how their lives would never be the same. I wouldn't recommend this book anyone because it is so sad. I also wouldn't recommend it because I don't think America should have dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. John Hersey has written a lot of other books such as, The Wall and The Call. They are both nonfiction books that are about majors parts of history. My overall rating for this book would be a two out of five stars. It was interesting but hard to read.

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