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"Lihat, Tuan B melintas," seru Toshio Nakamura, bocah lelaki berusia 10 tahun.
"Belum cukupkah kamu merasakan Tuan B?" balas salah seorang kerabat kepada bocah itu.

Tuan B, pesawat B-29, adalah momok mengerikan bagi rakyat Jepang selama Perang Dunia II. Pesawat ini membawa bom atom yang meluluhlantakkan Hiroshima dan mengubah sejarah untuk selamanya.
Ditulis oleh pemenang Pul
Paperback, Cetakan Pertama, 165 pages
Published May 2008 by Komunitas Bambu (first published January 1st 1946)
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Timothy Miyahara Yes. There is an edition available with an additional chapter. Hersey returned to Hiroshima 40 years later and follow up the stories of the 6 main…moreYes. There is an edition available with an additional chapter. Hersey returned to Hiroshima 40 years later and follow up the stories of the 6 main characters. If your version does not include this additional chapter, you can read a brief synopsis on SparkNotes.

Also, I would recommend Charles Pellegrino's To Hell and Back: the Last Train from Hiroshima which I reviewed it today.
I just finished Hersey's and am about to review it as well. Do not get the old version of Pellegrino's work published several years ago. It had inaccuracies and problems that were corrected. See my review for more info. I liked Pellegrino's book much more as he follows the 300 who took the train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki and suffered both bombs. He brings the story up to the aftermath of 9/11 in NYC where bomb survivors lost family at the World Trade Center.(less)
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
This book will:

1) Make you cry. A lot. You will cry on your cigarette break at work so that when you go back to your desk, your coworker will see your ragged eyes and think you just got dumped over the phone or found out your cat died. No, you were just reading about something roughly one googolplex worse, but you won't even bother trying to explain because your coworker couldn't give two shits about world history, and hadn't even heard about the 2011 mass murder in Oslo until you explained it t
Diane S ☔
Mar 26, 2014 Diane S ☔ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems almost indecent to put a rating on this book, I feel as if I am giving all these poor people's horrific suffering an excellent. Yet this is a very powerful book, told in a matter of fact, reporting tone and it is an account that puts a human face to this devastation. By following certain survivors we come to see and in my case to care greatly about these poor people. How much suffering and horror this bomb caused, on innocent people at the mercy of their emperor's decisions. People like ...more
Jason Koivu
Dec 19, 2012 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction


Utterly shame-enducing.

In Hiroshima Hersey has cobbled together the tales of a handful of survivors and woven them effortlessly through his narrative to create a spellbinding history lesson not to be forgotten. The engrossing eye-witness stories are horrifying, too real, and charged with emotion and drama without the least bit of induced melodrama. There's no need. Hiroshima shows that truth is far more terrible than fiction.
Aug 25, 2009 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I went old school with this one: I printed out the original version of John Hersey's article from The New Yorker's Web site so I could read it in its original three-columns-per-page format and surrounded by advertisements for Chesterfield cigarettes, U.S. Savings Bonds, Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey, Rosalind Russell in RKO's "Sister Kenny," Bell System Overseas Telephone Service, and Knox the Hatter, on Fifth Avenue at Fortieth Street.

This is the editorial note that ran with Hersey's story
Timothy Miyahara
Let me start with a preambular warning: do NOT buy the Amazon kindle edition which is missing Chapter 5. This is the eBook edition published by Pickle Partners (ASIN B00QU4BBTY). Chapter 5 is the John Hersey follow up 40 years later telling the story of the main characters after the original magazine article in 1946. The "illustrated" kindle edition does not disclose that it includes only the 1946 magazine article text. Read a physical edition published after 1989 for a more complete picture.
Dec 14, 2009 Kasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was 2 when Chernobyl blew up, it was a perfect sunny day (or so I'm told). The airborne nuclear waste was making its way through Poland over to Norway. My parents were pruning blackberry bushes, getting weeds out from between the carrots and the parsnips, blissfully unaware of the horrors going on few hundred km to the east. Little Kasia was helping them out pulling out baby beets with a great enthusiasm. Basking in the toxic sun. The reactor collapse was made public days after the explosion a ...more
Most painful and most disturbing even after seventy years.

KOJIRI Tsutomu; Shrine gate and the Hiroshima Dome.
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Arnab Paul
May 27, 2016 Arnab Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2-memoir
সালের অগাসট, সকাল সোয়া আটটায় পৃথিবীর পরথম পারমাণবিক বোমাটি বিসফোরিত হল জাপানের হিরোশিমা শহরে। মানুষজনকে নিরাপদে মেরে ফেলার সহজতম উপায় আর কী হতে পারে? বোমা বিসফোরণের কেনদরে ডিগরি সেনটিগরেড তাপমাতরা ছিল। কিলোমিটার বযাসারধের সবকিছু ঝলসে যায়। মারা যায় লকষাধিক, যার % সাথে সাথে, % পরের কয়েকদিনে আর বাকিটুকু বছর গড়িয়ে।বিসফোরণের হাইপোসেনটারের মিটারে কোন মানুষের চিহন খুঁজে পাওয়া যায়নি, উবে যাবার আগে দেয়ালে কিছু ছায়ামূরতি তৈরি হয়েছিল!
জন হারসে আমেরিকান সাংবাদিক, সালে হিরোশিমা গিয়ে সারভাইবারদের বাসতব
Sep 25, 2009 Yamilet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had its disturbing moments but it was very exciting.The book described the experience that these six survivors had after the atomic bomb was dropped on the city,Hiroshima. Jhon Hersey included even the smallest but most dramatic details from their stories. Not just researching but to acctually talk to the people who witness this horrible event was brilliant. It is a serious and definitly captivating book.I truly reccomend this book to those who enjoy exciting world histroy book.
Oct 16, 2016 Kiwi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The horrifying testimonies of six civilians in the days after the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, included are an impressive set of pictures, particularly chilling are the before and after photos. A must read.
Jr Bacdayan
Mar 12, 2013 Jr Bacdayan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We've all heard about the Atomic bomb, whether it's the Scientific or Military point of view, it's always referred to as something majestic and always entails awe and power. John Hersey's journalistic master-piece uses a different approach, it uses the humanistic view towards the use of the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Mr. Hersey writes it in a matter-of-fact way. Cold, detached, and straight to the point. He doesn't add drama or enhances the material, the blunt truth is enough to make it affecting ...more
This is one of those books I meant to read years ago but never found the time, even considering the short length. I knew the book began as an article Hersey published in The New Yorker, roughly one year after the events described. I am surprised this book did not effect me more. Not that I planned to be lost in newly discovered grief but I am afraid that the knowledge I already possessed about this period deadened my reaction to Hersey's words. I have read more terrifying accounts but I am sure ...more
Dhanaraj Rajan
Mar 20, 2014 Dhanaraj Rajan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On 6th August, 1945 the first ever Atomic bomb was dropped on humanity. The location was Hiroshima in Japan. A lively city that was touted to be the capital of Japan at the fall of Tokyo in World War II was in a moment turned into a dead city with nothing but ruins.

A Sample Picture:


The devastation conceded some the existence of some 'survivors' - the Japanese government did not want to use the word survivors for it was in a way rendering disrespect to those who had perished. So the word used was
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American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (My review:


Remember, my rating is in no way a judgment of the suffering of those who lived through or died as a result of the events that occurred in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.Although it does feel wrong to give this book anything but five stars, my reaction
Aug 25, 2016 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'When he had penetrated the bushes, he saw there were about twenty men, and they were all in exactly the same nightmarish state: their faces were wholly burned, their eyesockets were hollow, the fluid from their melted eyes had run down their cheeks. [...] Their mouths were mere swollen, pus-covered wounds, which they could not bear to stretch enough to admit the spout of the teapot.' (pp.51-52)

Really powerful account of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, its immediate impact on
Fuad Fidah
Sep 09, 2016 Fuad Fidah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
হিরোশিমা আর নাগাসাকি, মানব সভযতার দুটো লজজার নাম। কী হয়েছে, কেন হয়েছে ইতযাদির পেছনে অনেক যুকতি বা অনেক বযাখযা দাঁড় করাবার চেষটা করা হতো আগে, এখন মনে হয় তাতে কাজ হবে না ধরে নিয়ে গিলটি পারটি দোষ সবীকার করেই নেয়। সেই লজজাজনক ইতিহাসের বিসতারিত বিবরণ এই বই।

পরথমে বলি বইটার ভালো দিক নিয়ে- আমি সাধারণত নন-ফিকশন বই পড়তে পারি না। এর আগে কয়েকটা টরাই করেছিলাম, টানেনি। সেই হিসেবে এটাই পরথম। জন হারসি সাংবাদিক বলে, ভেবেছিলাম এটাও পরবনধ মতো হবে। কিনতু পড়তে গিয়ে সেই ভুল ভেংগে গিয়েছে। একেবারে গলপের আদলে লেখা বই। ঘ
Steven  Godin
On August 6th, 1945, the people of Hiroshima will witness the darkest of days, as at 8.15am a vision of hell on earth shall arrive on their doorsteps, the atomic bomb. 100,000 men, women and children lost their lives with countless more seriously burned, injured and mentally scared for life. This is the story of six survivors including doctors, priests and parents who show great courage, strength and determination at a time of complete and utter chaos to help whose in need. Using a simple prose ...more
Mar 18, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, favorites
This book is amazing as you can't put it down although it is such a sad true story. It is told from eye witness accounts and relatives generations after. The day the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The story is told in the days before and after and gets you thinking about more than just the minutes during the actual detonation. In the days leading up to the event many planes fly over, some drop bombs but the Japanese go about their daily business, only scattering if it lands in the same bu ...more
Feb 21, 2015 diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, non-fiction

Primero fue la bomba (explosión silenciosa, luz cegadora). Unos segundos después, el cielo se oscurece, se hace de noche. Empieza a llover, unas gotas demasiado grandes como para ser normales. Es la famosa black rain de la fisión nuclear. Ahora viene el fuego, que durante muchas horas arrasa con la mayoría de las construcciones de la ciudad. La bomba cayó exactamente a las 8.15 de la mañana. Lo que pasó en esos primeros segundos -indescriptible para los que lo vivieron-, resultó en 100.000 muert
Erik Graff
May 10, 2011 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Einar Graff
Shelves: history
I read this up at grandmother's cottage on Lake Michigan during summer break from high school. I had previously read quite a bit of near-future science fiction describing the effects of nuclear blasts, but never something so long describing real effects on real people. The fact that its author had been a war correspondent, involved, like my father, in campaigns on both theatres and awarded a medal for heroism on Guadalcanal, the fact that he had reason to be prejudiced against the Japanese, just ...more
Daniel Garrison
Aug 23, 2016 Daniel Garrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was young I watched a TV show called The Day After. It was a tale about the aftermath of nuclear war in America. It scared the hell out of me for a long time. Even though I'm much older now, this book had the same effect on me, only more so as the book is based in fact, not Hollywood sensation. It's frightening that we still possess thousands of these utterly destructive and inhumane devices of horror.

This book should be required reading for any politician of any nationality.
Feb 05, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Hersey describes the aftermath of the bomb on Hiroshima. His writing is excellent and he portrays the horror of the devastation, but also the resiliency of people and hope for the future. The last (newest) chapter ties together the lives of the people many years after the bombing.
Maruf Hossain
Aug 17, 2016 Maruf Hossain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
সাল। দবিতীয় বিশবযুদধের দামামায় কাঁপছে সারা বিশব। পঁয়তাললিশের আগসট সকাল সোয়া আটটায় হিরোশিমার আকাশে ফাটল ইতিহাসের পরথম পারমাণবিক বোমাটি। হিরোশিমার নিরীহ লোকজন তখন নিজেদের কাজে বযসত, ঘুণাকষরেও কেউ ভাবতে পারেনি কী দুরযোগ নেমে আসছে তাদের ওপর! সরবনাশা সেই বোমার আঘাতে সেদিন হিরোশিমার সিংহভাগ লোকজন নিঃশবদে মৃতযুর কোলে ঢলে পড়েছিল। অলপ কয়েকজন মানুষ বেঁচে গিয়েছিল এই ধবংসযজঞ থেকে। বছর পরও হিরোশিমার আশেপাশের এলাকায় সেই ধবংসযজঞ নিজের চিহন রেখে যায়। এখনও অনেক বাচচা পরতিবনধী হয়ে জনমায় সেদিনের সেই পারমাণবিক ব ...more
Feb 25, 2008 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. I sort of wish I had read a different book about the bombing of Hiroshima. This book is a dramatized account of the experience of six survivors of the first use of an atom bomb.

The fact that it was dramatized really annoyed me. The author supplied dramatic details such as the specific way in which a person walked down a street in japan a decade earlier, or dialog between the survivors and the people that were around them. I would much prefer a book that just told me what happened, rather t
Jul 05, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some excerpts that stood out to me while reading John Hersey's Hiroshima.

"On some undressed bodies, the burns had made patterns -- of undershirt straps and suspenders and, on the skin of some women (since white repelled the heat from the bomb and dark clothes absorbed it and conducted it to the skin), the shapes of flowers they had had on their kimonos."

"The asphalt of the streets was still so soft and hot from the fires that walking was uncomfortable. They encountered only one person, a woman,
Nov 01, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haunting. That's the only word I can think of to describe my experience reading this book. The immensity of the event and its wider implications seem to require oh so much more than one feeble word in response, but my words feel sadly inadequate. What I can tell you is this: it's wonderfully written--journalistic, engaging, immediately real in all its horrifying detail.

Do yourself a favor and read it. Be moved. Be humbled. Learn and remember. It's that important.
K.D. Absolutely
Mar 27, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books
Shelves: 501, history, war
Very informative! I was not yet born (of course) when the bombing in Hiroshima happened and what I read so far are cold fact history books. In this novel, John Hersey effectively used 6 characters to describe without any bias what happened in Hiroshima the day before the bombing up to a year after. I read most parts while waiting for my family roaming around Fort Santiago one Sunday afternoon and the surrounding was perfect!
Dec 25, 2016 Lexie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
Actual rating 3.5 stars. Hehe... I am so ashamed this took me so long. I wasn't really getting into it, but honestly it was quite a good book, really meaningful and moving. And the writing style was good.

My score, 6/10.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I remember reading this as part of the curriculum, possibly in 8th grade. I feel like it should count as one of the moments where childhood ended.
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This was just a powerful read about the tragedy of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.
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John Richard Hersey was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer and journalist considered one of the earliest practitioners of the so-called New Journalism, in which storytelling devices of the novel are fused with non-fiction reportage. Hersey's account of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, was adjudged the finest piece of journalism of the 20th century by a 36-member ...more
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