The End of the World That Was: Six Lives in the Atomic Age by Peter Louis Goldman, Pamela Abramson |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The End of the World That Was: Six Lives in the Atomic Age

The End of the World That Was: Six Lives in the Atomic Age

by Peter Louis Goldman, Pamela Abramson
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Expanded from a cover story that appeared in Newsweek last year, this book about people involved in the beginnings of the ``atomic age''defined by the authors as the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan in 1945is disappointing, even demeaning to its tragic, crucial subject. To begin, the writing is sloppy and cliche-ridden, from the minor ``Van Kirk built a brand-new house'' to the cutesy ``Mum was the word inside the compound, but with names like Bohr and Fermi floating around, Beser began putting E and mc2 together.'' Moreover, the reader's view of issues is essentially limited to the authors' interpretation of the bombing victims' experiences and a gung-ho, no-regrets attitude of American scientists and bomber crew members (at least among the few interviewed for this book). For example, discussion of whether the bombs needed to be dropped on cities, and whether two needed to be dropped, is limited to official rationales and a dismissive reference to ``the revisionist histories of a later generation.'' Other books, particularly John Hersey's classic Hiroshima, cover the topic much more satisfactorily. (April)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This is an expanded version of a News week special report that commemorat ed the 40th anniversary of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima. Part 1, ``Zero Hour,'' introduces three people whose jobs were to ready and drop the bomb, and three more who were vic tims of it. Part 2, ``Forty Years On,'' follows these lives. The book is in the tradition of John Hersey's Hiroshima (LJ 9/15/78), reads easily, and contains much heart-rending detail. Goldman and his team of reporters vividly re mind us that one day in 1945 all human kind became hibakusha (bomb-affected persons). Recommended. Priscilla E. Pratt, York Coll. Lib., CUNY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452258068
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1986
Series:
A Newsweek Bk.
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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