Do you remember the first few minutes in Saving Private Ryan, where soldiers are killed and injured in a brutally intense scene? The first chapter is like that in "The Last Train from Hiroshima." This book explains in detail what happened to Hiroshima and then Nagasaki when the bombs went off.
Whew. In the first seconds, tiny particles shot-gun blasted everyone nearby pulverizing and poisoning tissue. For people close to ground zero, intense heat left nothing but their shadows burned into the ground. For people farther away, the color of their clothing determined which parts of their bodies were severely burned or not.
The book tells the stories of people exposed to the blast in various locations from the center of the blast to a few miles away. The last few chapters drag a bit as the author follows some survivors who lived to old age.
Even so, I recommend this book to people who are interested in WWII or just curious about The Bomb.
Imagine Young Abe Lincoln strong and fit and trained in throwing the axe he used "to split rails." When he wasn't doing the things we've been taught, he was hunting and killing vampires. His much beloved mother, who died when Abe was still a boy, was killed by vampires. Vampires fought for the south to preserve slavery, a key source of blood, and Abe had to be on guard for their assasination attempts. And John Wilkes Booth...
This is a fun read especially if you have an interest in history.
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