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Hiroshima I General Introduction Hiroshima by John Hersey, is a book about the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. This book takes a look at six survivors of the nuclear blast. And tells their story of where they were when the bomb dropped, and what they did in the aftermath of the atomic explosion. And it goes on to talk about the sickness that the bomb had caused, and finally in the new editions of the book John Hersey goes back to Hiroshima forty years after the blast and interviews the people once more. II Character Introduction This book has six main characters, and during each chapter each person has their own part where John Hersey tells that person's experiences. There is Miss Toshinki Sasaki who is in charge of the personnel department at a tin factory. She was at work when the bomb went off and was paralyzed by fear of the blinding white light and was then crushed by a book case that broke her leg.

There is also Dr. Masakazu Fuji who owned a private hospital which had 30 rooms and was the only doctor there. He was sitting on his porch over the river when the bomb went off and was thrown into the water by the force and held above the surfaceby two beams of wood holding him like a piece of food in chopsticks. There was also Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, whose children had woken up and been given peanuts to help them back to sleep in the morning. She was watching her neighbor tear apart his house to help in a fire line in case they where to be bombed by incendiary bombs, when the blinding light hit her and her house fell apart. There is also Father Wolhelp Leinsorge...