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Publisher's Summary

Last Train from Hiroshima offers a "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. At the narrative's core are accounts, some eyewitness and some to still be substantiated, of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand - both Japanese civilians and American fliers in the air. Thirty people are known to have fled Hiroshima for Nagasaki - where they arrived just in time to survive the second bomb. According to Pellegrino, one of them is the only person who experienced the full effects at ground zero both times. Pellegrino weaves spellbinding stories together within a narrative that challenges the "official report", showing what happened - and providing an explanation into the why.

Recently, there have been questions about the accuracy of some parts of this book. At this time, Audible will continue to make it available to our customers, but we wanted to make you aware of the issues.

A Note from Henry Holt and Company and Macmillan Books:

"It is with deep regret that Henry Holt and Company announces that we will no longer print, correct or ship copies of Charles Pellegrino's The Last Train from Hiroshima due to the discovery of dishonest sources of information for the book. It is easy to understand how even the most diligent author could be duped by a source, but we also understand that this opens that book to very detailed scrutiny. The author of any work of non-fiction must stand behind its content. We must rely on our authors to answer questions that may arise as to the accuracy of their work and reliability of their sources. Unfortunately, Mr. Pellegrino was not able to answer the additional questions that have arisen about his book to our satisfaction."

©2010 Charles Pellegrino (P)2010 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Enormously painful to [hear], but absolutely essential to do so." (Kirkus)

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  • Richard
  • Highlands Ranch, CO
  • 03-13-10

Revisionist history - undocumented facts

This book attempts to significantly revise history and it is full of undocumented facts that are technically incorrect. The publisher has withdraswn the book and bookstores have removed it from their shelves. Reports indicate that refunds are available from retailers.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great Book. BAD Narrator

Talk about the kettle spoiling the broth.
This is a Great Book.
But a very bad, nasal, senile narrator.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Awful pit of rubbish.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Fiction lovers and those partial to rusty razor blade revisionist.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Stereo instructions would be more interesting. 40 books later and still cannot scrub this rot out.

How could the performance have been better?

Performance is excellent. Better content would have made the experience enjoyable.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Train from Hiroshima?

No editing can help this sorry account of bleeder revisionism.

Any additional comments?

Poor account of history, of which, is greatly suspect to fact.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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great for most of the way through

I found this book thoroughly engrossing through the first two thirds or so. The last part turned into an unnecessary rant against nuclear war. The author had already demonstrated through an excellent narrative that atomic warfare is genocidal to the core. The reading is well paced and easy to follow for the length of the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jay
  • SAUGUS, MA, United States
  • 03-28-11

Three Stars because it was not a pleasant read

I wanted to explain my three star rating of this book. Let me first state that I think it is a must read for everyone. The horror of the Atomic Bomb has never been more clear to me after reading the first hand accounts of the survivors. It is a devastating book, and one that should not be read when you are feeling down already. The book finishes with a great message, omoiyari is something that I hope to embody in my life, and after reading this book I am sure you will as well.

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  • robert
  • raleigh, NC, United States
  • 03-20-11


This was a unique listening experience; the author describes, through eyewitness accounts, what happened within the epicenter when the atomic bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The images are unreal, surreal, nightmarish, random and Daliesk. I thought he author was masterful in his weaving of events and accounts. His word pictures made me feel like I was seeing the events. This one is a real page turner.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Naomi
  • The Woodlands, TX, United States
  • 01-11-11

Good book even if inaccurate

The publisher pulled this book, so the only way you can obtain this books is by listening to it, or paying a lot of money for a collector's copy. Some of the stories, such as the one about an accident with the bomb shortly before the Enola Gay took off, or the story of the Japanese pilot flying through the mushroom cloud, are completely bogus. However, the story is still compelling, moving, horrifying.

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  • Steven
  • Damascus, OR, USA
  • 03-06-10


The Last Train from Hiroshima first describes the many phases of destruction that make up an atomic blast. When we next read the stories of the survivors of the two 10 kiloton plus blasts, it makes their survival all the more extraordinary. They all survived, ironically, by being in the right place at the right time. One step further, then one of the forces would have vaporized them. Example: one survived from a barrier and plant filtering out the rays. Their clothing color also could make a difference--white would reflect off the radiation while black would absorve it and result in searing off the clothing and skin. The horrors that these people faced with the rays, explosion, fallout, and then, to add insult to injury, the fatal if swallowed black rain are unbelievable. And they faced those things twice! They were the only people in history to be at ground zero, and I pray that this will never happen again. The thought of terrorists setting off an atomic blast in our cities is even more horrifying after reading this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • Jersey city, NJ, USA
  • 02-25-10


As expected, this book is an extraordinary collection of the trials and tribulations of those who survived the truly awful events of both the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombs. The wonderful surprising part is that this is also a tale of the indominable human spirit and the beauty people can have in the face and aftermath of tragic and traumatic events. I can not empahsize enough how much I recommend this book. This book should be a requirement for every human being.

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  • Meena
  • newark, Japan
  • 06-22-10

good read

Not all titles will be written well and narrated well. But this one such title that is well written and well narrated. I enjoyed listening to this book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful