"Hiroshima" By John Hersey.

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John Hersey

Copyright 1946


At 8:15 in the morning of August 6, 1945 the atomic bomb named "little boy" was dropped upon the Japanese city of Hiroshima by the Boeing B-29 bomber known as the Enola Gay. This event was a means to quickly end the war without having to initiate a ground invasion of the country, which surely would have cause a greater loss of life. The arguments of whether this act was necessary continue to this day. This one bomb killed nearly 140,000 innocent people. This is the story of six people who survived

The bombing of Hiroshima is one of the most horrible acts of mass homicide ever committed. I have always been curious what this experience was like for the people who actually lived through it. The shock and mass death experienced in that city was terrible, but even those to survived the initial blast were faced with radiation sickness, loss of family, along with destruction of property and businesses.

In short, there lives were stolen from them, whether they were killed or not. I was captivated with the book's presentation. By following the lives of six people who were in Hiroshima at the time of the blast, it informs the reader what the people of Hiroshima must have felt in a descriptive and hauntingly vivid manner.

This book is very graphic, as all aspects of the tragedy are included. This book makes the pain, the horror, and the anguish of the tragedy more than just realistic, it seems to take you back to that day. I always knew the loss of life that Japan felt was great in number, but I had no idea it was over 140,000 people who died. The book described a mother who carried her dead child for three...