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4.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  54 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This book's 25 firsthand accounts by hibakusha-survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August 1945-constitute an indictment of nuclear weapons far more eloquent than any polemic. Grim though their stories are, understanding what they went through may well be crucial to averting another nuclear tragedy.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 15th 1989 by Kosei Publishing Co (first published December 15th 1986)
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Jacob Cronister
The Author's purpose of writing this book is not to only tell people how the bombing went bad but how horrified and terrified these people were after. The theme of the book is to understand the survivors point of view of the bombing and is trying to not only say but to have the reader feel how the victims felt after the tragic event. The bigger picture of this book is that the survivors are glad to be alive and are trying to explain everything so possibly this won't happen again to anyone as inn ...more
Mar 25, 2015 Ted rated it really liked it
By April 1945 the Japanese Suzuki government embraced a war policy called "Ketsugo" whereby the home islands would be defended to the last man, woman, and child. There are several stories in this book where the subject discusses either being a member or having a family member serving in a kamikaze unit. Others discuss their willful training with other civilians in preparation to serve and die in the defense of Japan. You read about Japanese teenagers practicing in courtyards with bamboo spears, ...more
Michael Havens
Apr 06, 2009 Michael Havens rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those intersted in Atomic Weapons History, Hiroshima/Nagasaki, the work of Peace.
I hope to plan my Augusts in Japan, wherever I might be, to come to either Hiroshima, Nagasaki, or both, for the annual anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on August 6th and August 9th, respectively. I don't know if I will be able to accomplish this yearly, but in the spirit of remembrance and prayer for those who died, suffered and/or died years later, and for those still dealing with the pain of those fateful days, I have decided to read one book on the subject around the anniversa ...more
Nov 10, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I read this in one day. I am overflowing with so many kinds of emotions right now that I can't comment. Almost too much too bear and I only read a book. This is a book that should be read by everyone. Some of the accounts that describe the horror are beautiful and lyrical making the horror all that more stark.
A U.S. planned and executed Holocaust whose direct victims and those who were yet to be born is not all that different than the attempted annihilation of mass groups of peoples during Hitl
Gard Reian
Jan 23, 2016 Gard Reian rated it it was amazing
Gruesome, but important, true stories from victims of the atom bombs dropped over Japan during WW2. We must never forget..
Kylie Martin
Jul 20, 2013 Kylie Martin rated it it was amazing
a very moving cannot possibly imagine the scene that these people lived through. I have also read the manhattan project book and feel that america was going to drop this bomb whether japan surrendered or not, purely as they wanted to trial their new toy!!.
what amazes me is the peoples attitude, they do not all want to waste their enerygy on hate and regret. they move forward and fight against nuclear weapons. I can only feel great sympathy for those affected and still affected by the
Jun 21, 2010 Valarie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-translation, asia
It sounds strange, but I really loved reading this book. Though I've read quite a bit on the atomic bomb survivors, the volume of witnesses and especially the photographs included in this book expanded my understanding of the effects of the bomb. For anyone who supports warfare and armament, I am pretty sure reading this would change your mind. As a side effect, the stories also made me feel incredibly grateful for my own decent health.
Luna Solaris
Mar 30, 2013 Luna Solaris rated it really liked it
Hell, hell, hell.
When bomb fell the world became a living hell.
People - if not burnt to death, were scarred beyond recognition and put through suffering I cannot begin to imagine, only to die a miserable, nameless death amid the ruins.
The accounts of regular people who survived against such odds often brought me to tears.
How could this happen?
Regardless of the answer, I hope this would never happen again.

Noor Saadeh
Dec 04, 2012 Noor Saadeh rated it really liked it
More people need to read about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sadly so many toss the word terrorist around. What compares to the A Bomb? The fallout continues to this day.
Nancy Graham
Dec 01, 2013 Nancy Graham rated it it was amazing
Amazing first-person accounts from survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs. Completely sobering and eye-opening.
Alexander Weber
Mar 03, 2016 Alexander Weber rated it really liked it
Intense and a must-read. I think an argument could be made that this should be required reading for every living human being.
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