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by John Hersey, Sam Sloan
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ISBN-13: 9780923891657
Publisher: Ishi Press
Publication date: 04/12/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 11.70(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

John Hersey was born in Tientsin, China, in 1914 and lived there until 1925, when his family returned to the United States. He studied at Yale and Cambridge, served for a time as Sinclair Lewis’s secretary, and then worked several years as a journalist. Beginning in 1947 he devoted his time mainly to writing fiction. He won the Pulitzer Prize, taught for two decades at Yale, and was president of the Authors League of America and Chancellor of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Hersey died in 1993.

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Hiroshima 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
memsie More than 1 year ago
Full of mis-scanned words, lacking logical breaks, preceded by a preface in tiny type that cannot be changed - this book was a disappointment. This was a second reading for me - but the nook edition was difficult to navigate. Thanks to John Hersey for recording the story of the 1945 bombing at Hiroshima, but no thanks to the publisher.
briannad84 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I first read this with my class in 9th grade. I like how Hersey tells the personal stories of actual people, but it feels very fast-paced, probably because it's aimed at a younger audience. It was in Nancy Pearl's Book Lust, so I thought I'd read it again.
ACGalaga on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Read this just after going there. While reading it I would suck my teeth and cringe at a happening in the story and everyone would wonder what's wrong. I'd just show them the title of the book.It's riddled with horrid events and can be incredibly disturbing, but you continue to read for the survivors willingness to live as well as their desire help others.
VirginiaGill on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book was a book club choice, not a book I would have picked up in a million years. Far too painful a subject. While I wouldn't consider it well written, or even gripping it does make it impossible to ignore the reality of what the human devastation in Hiroshima was. It brings home the impact of that moment in history far more than any textbook could. I sincerely home that one day I can erase the mental pictures I have as a result of reading this book...and yet I think everyone should read it.
eleanor_eader on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Hiroshima follows the movements and reactions of six survivors of the world¿s first nuclear attack on the fateful morning of August 6th, 1945, and how they coped in its aftermath. Told in a straightforward, unsentimental manner that is absolutely devastating to the reader, one of the most destructive acts of war ever perpetrated is laid out piece by piece from the point of view of ordinary people. Hershey explains their terror and confusion ¿ nothing like this had ever been seen before - and odd sense of admiration at the American ingenuity; their culturally appropriate politeness and collective, sometimes silent suffering. Amidst the deaths and the fire, the radiation burns, the overwhelming flood of injured into hospitals with few remaining staff, the sickness and even the impact of the landscape changing utterly in a single instant, even a regular reader on war history feels chilled and horrified and reminded of the sheer unconscionable power of nuclear warfare.It¿s the focus on ordinary people, who awoke that morning expecting to go about ordinary things, that makes Hiroshima so ¿ harrowing. It¿s an overused word, I know, but absolutely appropriate. The surviving victims were overwhelmed, most lost everything including family members, they became sick, they struggled with debilitating after-effects and illnesses to regain a foothold on life, to find work or lost loved ones, and to come to terms mentally with what had happened to them. The long-term effects were only slowly calculated, most people fixating on the number 100,000 ¿ those killed outright or quickly thereafter.I can¿t say that I enjoyed this book. It makes the reader watch the sky and imagine what sudden death from above would be like (in a way that tales of the blitz or other bombing runs simply do not), to consider hard points of morality, whether retaliation with such a weapon ¿ or an even larger one ¿ would be a reasonable response, even to a first strike; defending other people¿s countries can seem as important as the defence of one¿s own. That makes it an important, powerful book, but there are some periods in history that will never make `enjoyable¿ reading, and this is one of them. I would recommend it to anyone who finds they gain insight from war history that is put into civilian context, or who are curious enough to want to understand what it was like for survivors and non-instant victims of the first ever nuclear attack.
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Tanner Niggli More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very interesting, it took a moment to keep the people strate because the story jumps from one to another,
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Vincent Devassy More than 1 year ago
The book is very inspiring and great. it really shows how disasterous the atom bomb was!!
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