2 3000 Let me start with a preambular warning do NOT buy the kindle edition which is missing Chapter 5 This is the eBook edition published by Pickle Partners ASIN B00QU4BBTY Chapter 5 is the John Hersey follow up 40 years later telling the story of the main characters after the original magazine article in 1946 The illustrated kindle edition does not disclose that it includes only the 1946 magazine article text Read a physical edition published after 1989 for a complete picture After reading a note written by a German Jesuit priest who survived the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, John Hersey located him and was introduced to five other survivors and documented their stories When I first read the book, I found the story moving, shocking and disturbing The vivid depictions of the survivors and their struggle to live through the next few days are eye openers The new chapter added 40 years later provides some closure to the story of their lives.The prose is simple yet the reader is able to get a good grasp on events and environment John Hersey wrote Hiroshima in a neutral tone and style He told interviewer Steve Rothman, The flat style was deliberate and I still think I was right to adopt it A high literary manner, or a show of passion, would have brought me into the story as a mediator I wanted to avoid such mediation, so the reader s experience would be as direct as possible The New Yorker magazine originally intended to serial publish the story, but made an unprecedented decision to devote the entire issue to John Hersey s story When the article was first published it sold out within hours People were hawking the magazine for up to 20 a great sum in those days and the publisher was unable to fulfill Albert Einstein s order of 1000 copies.The issue of the magazine was prepared in great secrecy, even the clerks and staff of The New Yorker magazine itself were not let in on the secret, and the weekly proofs for publication were seen only by the editors Part of the reason was the subject John Hersey could not actively seek interviewees in Hiroshima since the atomic bomb s aftereffects were heavily censored by the U.S Army of Occupation in 1946 Newspapers in Japan were not allowed to mention the atomic bombs and the survivors, and even poetry mentioning the events was illegal Attempts by the Nippon Times to publish Hersey s article in Japan were blocked in 1946, but copies of the book in English surreptitiously made their way to Tokyo in 1947 It was eventually allowed to be published there in 1948.Many critics on sites like complain Hiroshima does not give the reasons for the U.S employing the atomic bombs and so is anti American Hersey s purpose was not to delve into the argument of whether the bombs should have been used, but to report on its effects and the stories of the survivors This book was originally intended as a long magazine article and it did not have the space to cover all arguments and nuances The debate of whether the bombs should or should not have been used really didn t exist when Hersey wrote Hiroshima in 1946 There was no question about using the atomic bombs When the bombs were dropped, America and her allies were in the midst of a total war with Japan, an embrace of death that neither belligerent was willing or could afford to relax The horrors and struggles of war were still fresh in everyone s minds This was a new horror, the face of nuclear war to which Americans were vastly ignorant until John Hersey made the world aware.I also read complaints at that the article was unbalanced because Hersey did not list Japan s war crimes, especially the Nanking Massacre, or that because of these war crimes the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki got what they deserved These arguments are specious at best and immoral at worst There can be no doubt the Japanese military and the Japanese government were responsible for many war crimes, perhaps even on a greater scale than Nazi Germany The Nanking Massacre, the Bataan Death March, the Laha Massacre, and the Sandakan Death March to list but a few The victims of man s inhumanity to man, whether they died in the bombing of Rotterdam, the Holocaust, the Nanking Massacre, the Bismarck Sea incident, the Coventry Blitz, the firebombing of Dresden, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or the Malmedy Massacre few, if any, of the victims deserved death The people were all sons and daughters some were husbands, wives, brothers or sisters Each one was a human being with a name, hopes and dreams Each has a story and should be respected and remembered.War is savage and brutal, but one tragedy does not justify the next, and the killing of one prisoner or civilian does not justify the killing of another.Every victim deserves to be remembered and have their story told Hiroshima gives a face to the victims of the atomic bombs This is their story. On August Hiroshima Was Destroyed By The First Atom Bomb Ever Dropped On A City This Book, John Hersey S Journalistic Masterpiece, Tells What Happened On That Day Told Through The Memories Of Survivors, This Timeless, Powerful And Compassionate Document Has Become A Classic That Stirs The Conscience Of Humanity The New York TimesAlmost Four Decades After The Original Publication Of This Celebrated Book, John Hersey Went Back To Hiroshima In Search Of The People Whose Stories He Had Told His Account Of What He Discovered About Them Is Now The Eloquent And Moving Final Chapter OfHiroshima I went old school with this one I printed out the original version of John Hersey s article from The New Yorker s Web site so I could read it in its original three columns per page format and surrounded by advertisements for Chesterfield cigarettes, U.S Savings Bonds, Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey, Rosalind Russell in RKO s Sister Kenny, Bell System Overseas Telephone Service, and Knox the Hatter, on Fifth Avenue at Fortieth Street.This is the editorial note that ran with Hersey s story in the Aug 31, 1946, issue of The New Yorker TO OUR READERSThe New Yorker this week devotes its entire editorial space to an article on the almost complete obliteration of a city by one atomic bomb, and what happened to the people of that city It does so in the conviction that few of us have yet comprehended the all but incredible destructive power of this weapon, and that everyone might well take time to consider the terrible implications of its use THE EDITORSHersey s book length article focuses primarily on six victims of the bombing Miss Toshiko Sasaki, Dr Masakazu Fujii, Mrs Hatsuyo Nakamara, Father William Kleinsorge, Dr Terufumi Sasaki and the Reverend Mr Kiyoshi Tanimoto tracking their lives from the morning of the bombing through the months of its aftermath It s a masterful piece of journalism, and of a type little seen any The article has almost no attribution and few quotes Rather, it uses a straightforward narrative style, telling the story as it happened, and the reader simply has to trust that Hersey did the footwork needed to compose his piece And it s obvious he did.Hersey gives almost no information about the U.S decision to bomb Hiroshima or the larger context of World War II, but rather focuses solely on how the bombing and its aftermath affected the city s people The book is stronger as a result, showing the full range of horrors caused by the dropping of an atomic bomb in particular on six people we come to know and care about deeply.It speaks to Hersey s talents as a writer that, despite the tragic subject matter and the physical and emotional turmoils he recounts, we the readers don t want the book to end, because that means leaving Miss Sasaki, Dr Fujii, Mrs Nakamura, Father Kleinsorge, Dr Sasaki no relation to Miss Sasaki and the Reverend Tanimoto behind We want to stay with them, and make sure they re able to build new lives for themselves.The book s last paragraph a school essay written by Toshio Nakamura, who was 10 years old when the bomb was dropped is particularly heartbreaking, and serves as a fitting coda for Hersey s piece It s short enough to quote here, but really needs to be read in context It s the perfect ending to an important, stirring work of journalism The entire book is highly recommended for all readers. On August 6th, 1945, the people of Hiroshima will witness the darkest of days, as at 8.15am a vision of hell on earth shall arrive on their doorsteps, the atomic bomb 100,000 men, women and children lost their lives with countless seriously burned, injured and mentally scared for life This is the story of six survivors including doctors, priests and parents who show great courage, strength and determination at a time of complete and utter chaos to help whose in need Using a simple prose reminiscent of such writers as Yasunari kawabata, John Hersey basically splits the book in two, firstly we have the immediate aftermath of events where widespread panic and confusion are placed on those who managed to survive and try to grasp just what is going on around them, and rather than go into too much detail regarding the actual deaths which were just horrific, Hersey mainly pays attention to those frantically looking for loved ones or those able enough to help Into the second half the six individuals are looked at in detail during the years following war and here it becomes very moving and life affirming to see the spirit and resolve they use to do good and make the most of their lives which almost bought a tear to my eye If I could be granted just one wish, world peace would be the only thing on my mind, and today we need it than ever as there doesn t seem to be a day that goes by without an atrocity taking place somewhere Sadly that s just a distant dream but we must always live in hope Lovepeace. % , % E mc 2 I was 2 when Chernobyl blew up, it was a perfect sunny day or so I m told The airborne nuclear waste was making its way through Poland over to Norway My parents were pruning blackberry bushes, getting weeds out from between the carrots and the parsnips, blissfully unaware of the horrors going on few hundred km to the east Little Kasia was helping them out pulling out baby beets with a great enthusiasm Basking in the toxic sun The reactor collapse was made public days after the explosion and only because, in Sweden, at an another nuclear facility noticed increased radioactivity levels on their own clothes and figured out something nasty must have happened in the eastern block Sneaky communist governments with their sneaky conspiracies That s my own, little, nuclear story Nothing in comparison to Hersey s Hiroshima Because Hiroshima has pounded me into the ground Bodies evaporated on spot, shadows of people in mid motion cast into stones Hersey s second by second account of the bombing has a feel of Armagedon The intricate burn patterns you d often recognise the lace flower patterns of their former clothing in their injuries add absurdity to the situation The radiation sickness, people puking out their insides, not knowing why Utter confusion as to what actually happened Miles of concrete city block obliterated with people still alive burried under it No real help ever to come Not with this level of destruction And the book doesn t stop there, Hershey s aftermath is thorough You get to hear about the consequences of the bombing Both long and short term It turns out nobody was left unaffected.There s the poor government handling of the survivors Hiroshima was pretty much left to tend to its own needs Only years later a special health support system was introduced There s the initial unwillingness of health professionals to provide help to Hiroshima victims There s the sense of isolation, loss and depression hunting survivors in years to come Because how do you live past an apocalypse It s an emotionally draining book, hard to get through, but very much worth the strain Well written, well reached and very well thought out, it touches on all the important aspects of the bombing I highly recommend it. Do not work primarily for money do your duty to patients first and let the money follow our life is short, we don t live twice the whirlwind will pick up the leaves and spin them, but then it will drop them and they will form a pile Stunning Book report on Atomic Bomb explosion by US on Japan during WWII.Special piece of writing and all data s near about the Facts.It expressed frantically , by different perceptions.Reveals by various person was remained alive and their efforts made in that drastic and vital situation.In end, it describes hows such nuclear devastation could lead to atmospheric as well human deparature if ever would be come in used in anyway. It seems almost indecent to put a rating on this book, I feel as if I am giving all these poor people s horrific suffering an excellent Yet this is a very powerful book, told in a matter of fact, reporting tone and it is an account that puts a human face to this devastation By following certain survivors we come to see and in my case to care greatly about these poor people How much suffering and horror this bomb caused, on innocent people at the mercy of their emperor s decisions People like you and I just trying to live their lives, feed their children, take care of their families Not knowing what happened, what type of new weapon caused this total devastation A young doctor, one of the few available in the immediate aftermath, who tries to take care of those he can with very few supplies and with only one hour of sleep in three days Another man who brings water to those who need it and tries to save as many as he can A young woman holding a dead baby for over four days, waiting for her husband to be found so he can say goodbye So much anguish, so much heartbreak My husband s uncle was the load master for the Enola Gay, the bomber for this terrible act He suffered from depression for the rest of his life Why do these terrible things happen and why do they still continue today Haunting Gut wrenching.Utterly shame enducing.In Hiroshima Hersey has cobbled together the tales of a handful of survivors and woven them effortlessly through his narrative to create a spellbinding history lesson not to be forgotten The engrossing eye witness stories are horrifying, too real, and charged with emotion and drama without the least bit of induced melodrama There s no need Hiroshima shows that truth is far terrible than fiction.
John Richard Hersey was a Pulitzer Prize winning American writer and journalist considered one of the earliest practitioners of the so called New Journalism, in which storytelling devices of the novel are fused with non fiction reportage Hersey s account of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, was adjudged the finest piece of journalism of the 20th century by a 36 member
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