Hiroshima: remembering 1945 & 1958

Hiroshima: remembering 1945 & 1958

by Virginia Moffat Khuri (Photographer)

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ISBN-13: 9780996665964
Publisher: Between Lines Books & Arts, LLC
Publication date: 07/10/2017
Pages: 56
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Hiroshima: remembering 1945 & 1958 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
this incredible picture/history book is an eye-opening, profound and unforgettable experience. Loaded with personal historical anecdotes and authentic photographs, “Hiroshima: Remembering 1945 & 1958” goes straight for the heart and soul of not just the American public, but the world at large. I read the whole thing in one sitting, but paused to reflect on the significance of what I was seeing and reading several times. It was weird how this affected me more than a regular ‘nonfiction’ book, certainly more than anything learned in school. It’s very focused on the topic (the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima in 1945) and with the pictures from 13 years after the event. It really put a ‘face to the name’ in a way that I’ve never really imagined before. And when it was done, although I loved it and thought it was great, I was sort of disappointed because I wished there was more! I was so immersed in this book and impressed with the authenticity on every level. The photographs were great, but what really made them work here was the accompanying narrative text and collection of personal quotes regarding the horrific event. Overall I found the whole thing to be superb, and I was truly impressed with the way the author/artist managed to put so many experiences together in a way that so perfectly captures such a wide range of the human experience, from beautiful and peaceful to evil and destructive. Recommend.
JeanOJO More than 1 year ago
"Hiroshima: Remembering 1945 & 1958” by Virginia Moffat Khuri is one of the most compelling and well-crafted picture books I’ve ever seen! It was bloody brilliant of her to create such a potent visual representation of the ‘real life’ next to the ‘words about it’ that can educate us, but will never carry the same emotional weight as actually seeing things ddoes. And that’s why these pictures are so incredible. They aren’t graphic or violent or bloody or gory – they are life, people, families, children, friends, landscapes… all things that a nuclear bomb could (and did) wipe from existence in the blink on an eye. It’s one thing to read it. It’s a whole other thing to see it. I was completely drawn in from the very first page, and absolutely loved Moffat’s attention to historical detail. The quotes were poignant and inspired and when they say the best things come in small packages, they must have been thinking about this book. It’s small and clocks in at just around 50 pages, but packs more of an emotional punch than many novels 10x its size. Recommend for fans of historical nonfiction.
DarleneCupp More than 1 year ago
this book by Virginia Moffat Khuri was GREAT! It is a story that is based on the real places/people and fallout of the bomb that America dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945, essentially ending WW but does so through a the lens of a camera and pictures that are miraculously found and able to be used to capture the history. This is SO much more effective and engaging than just a ‘re-telling’ of facts about the atrocity. This humanizes the experience in a profound, memorable way. Books on WWII and Hiroshima are a dime a dozen, but Ms. Khuri did a fantastic job of bringing new perspectives to the table and framing the narrative in a unique light. In doing so she creates a compelling ‘story’ that keeps you interested, and you will learn something as well. I would say it is very well-written and nicely laid out in terms of content and execution. Would definitely recommend this book to others. I read the paperback version which I thought was the best choice for visual effect.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
Oh WOW. Okay I honestly had no idea what was in store for me here – I thought this would be a quick ‘flip through’ book with some pictures and some info re: the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. Well, that’s like saying that pizza (my most favorite thing in life) is warm bread with some stuff on it. BIG undersell. These pictures were hauntingly amazing and the way that they were positioned next to the narrative was far more impactful than I ever could have imagined. I found myself just staring – studying the people, places, imagining them before and after that fateful day that changed the world forever. It’s strange how it could have been a bleak or depressing book but it was beautiful and artistic, hopeful but also conveys the very powerful message of very real lives destroyed by nuclear violence – and those who forget history (or don’t learn from it) are doomed to repeat it. Ms. Khuri’s text discussing that is just as powerful as the pictures, and the quotes and ‘firsthand’ stories were just incredible – so descriptive (not gory/graphic) but you feel like you are really there, and the experience changes you. Each scene was riveting as history comes to life in such an intimate and moving way. This book delivers such a powerful and important message, I honestly think it should be in the school libraries, and is a keeper for the home one as well. I recommend the paperback version so that you can see the pictures and text side-by-side. I think that Virginia Moffat Khuri is on to something really special here and I’d love to see anything she comes up with next! Recommend for readers of historical nonfiction/art.