A journalistic masterpiece. John Hersey transports us back to the streets of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945 - the day the city was destroyed by the first atomic bomb. Told through the memories of six survivors, Hiroshima is a timeless, powerful classic that will awaken your heart and your compassion. In this new edition, Hersey returns to Hiroshima to find the survivors - and to tell their fates in an eloquent and moving final chapter.
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Hiroshima, theAn easy read about a most shameful era in the history of mankind.
Can you imagine walking into work one morning thinking about your children safely deposited at the local school and your spouse at home. Perhaps she will be making your favorite meal tonight. You are happily planning your day and looking forward to crossing things off your 'To Do' list.
All of a sudden there is a massive bright light all encompassing ahead of you. Explosive, no 'implosive' noises that make you feel as if your ear drums will turn inside out. Everything comes to a halt. Hundreds, no, perhaps thousands of people just stop in their tracks. Seeing a mushroom shaped light you stare up at the brightest clod that you have ever beheld. Of course at that time no one in the general public has ever heard of an Atom bomb. What do you do? Everywhere you look there are the dead and dying. You are a part of a culture that is highly compliant when it comes to the rule makers in the government. However there are no rules for this. Indeed how could there be?
This book puts faces, names and breaths life into this story. This is a living history.
This is one history that I pray we never repeat.
It's the story of 6 survivors of the A-bomb at Hiroshima. It reflects on the atrocity of a "total war" strategy but also in the surprising paradigm of the Japanese. I was supposed to read it in middle school but I did not.
The book itself is pretty simple; a narrative that groups each subject "bomb affected person" in somewhat-defined chaptered spans of time. The descriptions are concise and laregly unembellished. Simply one fact or event to the next. The culmination of these pictures provides a dynamic portrait of the Japanese population both at the time of the attack and later in life.
I don't like to say I "like" books where the subject matter is so terrible, particularly a book of non-fiction, but it is interesting and I hope, for a variety of reasons, it stays on required reading lists.
Considering I've only read one other audio book thus far, this is ranked at number one.
I didn't really have a favorite character because they are real people, and all of them were interesting, but I fuess I looked forward to listening to what happened to Miss Sasaki after the explosion the most. "What happened to that poor, lonely girl with the leg?" But I have to say, I really thought the German father--Father Kleinsorge was the most inspiring and kind.
He paused at all the right moments. It was kind of a funny combination because although I really found his voice to be pleasing and matter of factly, I kept thinking that he would be great as narrator for Charlotte's Web or Stuart Little.
There were a few parts that felt like I might could cry, but there is such a distance kept between the reader and the people in the book, that it was a little difficult to get too close.
Lack of politics and polemics. It just tells the story from the point of view of ordinary Japanese people.
It made me sad that we could do such things to each other.
I am a history person and was looking forward to getting a deeper insight into this historic occurrence. In addition, on a recent cruise, visited Hiroshima and it became a life changing event for me personally! Too repetitive and didn't spend enough time regarding the American's involvement after the bombing!
Terrifying, Captivating, Powerful
I was captivated by the personal details of the stories like what they were eating, wearing, and thinking when the blast happened. It was a very intimate look into the lives of these survivors.
I have not, but I think I will in the future.
I could wile away the hours...
This audiobook rises to the top. The bombing of Hiroshima and its immediate, mid-range, and long-term impact on the modern world cannot be overstated.
The author. Before John McPhee could perfect the art of nonfiction, bringing reality to life, he stood on the shoulder of a giant. That titan was John Hersey.
It's understated, matter of fact, and because of the horrific nature of some of the material, that's a relief.
It made me realize that people suffer and endure, and create new lives, even after remarkable stress, loss, and devastation.
Recommended without reservations.
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