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The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

by Valerie Bodden

Editorial Reviews

AGERANGE: Ages 12 to 15.

The brief, heavily illustrated books in the �Days of Change� series detail historical events of World War II. The titles make the information easily accessible and interesting. The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki offers a succinct history of the war, the development of the atomic bomb, and the United States' difficult decision to use it. Details of the Pacific war, Japanese attitudes toward defeat, and the dramatic first-person descriptions present the terror of the attack and its aftermath. Black-and-white photographs show the devastation to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the physical horror and disfigurement that the bomb left on its victims. The author concludes by discussing public opinion of the use of the atomic bomb and nuclear warfare's direct connection to the beginning of the Cold War. Sadako Sasaki's story of the creation of the paper cranes, personal narratives, and peace memorials give readers a personal understanding of how the bombing still influences Japan and survivors of the attack and the world in general. The books are written in simple language and filled with maps, photographs, and sidebars, making them accessible to middle school students. The titles in this series, which also include discussions of September 11, the slave trade, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, are well researched, but the information is not a comprehensive account of the period. The titles could be used for a report and are interesting enough for general readers who want to know more about these periods. Reviewer: Eileen Kuhl
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
I know the main reason the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Japan was to avoid further massive casualties. President Truman made the decision to drop the bomb without warning Japan, in spite of the fact that there were those involved in the development of the bomb who felt that Japan should be warned. Some suggested that the bomb be dropped in a remote area in order to show Japan its destructive power. Both of these suggestions were rejected. When the bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, I was 12 years old. I, too, wondered why they didn't warn Japan or drop it in a remote area. When the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, I was totally confused. Why a second bomb? The first did enough damage. I learned later that after the first bomb was dropped Japan, refused the United States' terms of surrender, and the second atomic bomb was dropped in response. The author shows graphic pictures of the scars and burns suffered by the survivors. I am sure that those of us who were around during that period will remember the episode of the Ed Sullivan Show in which a number of victims showed their wounds to the American public. Young people need to know about this event so that they will concentrate on preventing it from happening again. War is hell! Part of the "Other Days of Change" series. Reviewer: Leila Toledo

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Creative Company, The
Publication date:
Days of Change Series
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
NC1400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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