World War II Wednesday: Hiroshima

Posted 2 October, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

World War II Wednesday: HiroshimaHiroshima by John Hersey
Published by Wildside Press LLC on 2010-12
Pages: 126

On August 6, 1945, 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 Times).

Almost 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 of Hiroshima.

…and now for something (mostly) different. My inquires into WWII generally tend to focus on the war in Europe, but this is the account of what happened in the aftermath of The Bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. In a word:

Heart wrenching.

I believe that this account is something that everyone should read at least once, much like Eli Wiesel’s Night. It gives humanity the destruction caused by the bomb being dropped on Hiroshima.

Even today the debate rages on about whether or not dropping atomic weapons on Japan helped to save lives by ending the war sooner than it otherwise would have ended. Regardless of whether that’s true or not, the sheer power of nuclear weapons is examined and the human toll of those who survived are all examined in Hiroshima.


April @ The Steadfast Reader


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