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Hiroshima by John Hersey
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Mar 01, 12

Read from February 24 to 29, 2012

Hiroshima is a book that should be read by every high school kid before they go out into the "big bad world". The book focuses on the lives of a few men & women who were in Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945 and follows their actions through that horrific day and beyond. It's a quick read, but it makes you think of not just the horrors of war, but how each person's life is changed by his experience.
At that time, the popultion of Hiroshima had no idea what had happened to them, or the dangers, beyond the actual bombing, they would experience. No one had ever used a nuclear weapon before this one, and it was unlike anything a war torn world had ever seen. I doubt that any of us can understand the horrors that day brought upon the world. I doubt there has every been a single day in recorded history that can compare to the complete destruction of that day, and I pray that the world will never again experience anything like that. I was shocked at the lack of concern the governments of the world showed for these victims. Many people died just because there was no help for them after the initial bombing. There were no instructions to evacuate the radioactive area; no emergency food supply or clean water. It was a miracle that anyone could survive those terrible conditions where an estimated 300,000 ultimately died.
I wonder why we, as a human community, continue to develop even more horrific weapons. I hope these are never used, but I know it only takes one warped mind to start a conflict, and people will feed on the frenzy that ensues, and do so with righteous indignation. I think Ben Franklin was right when he said there is NO such thing as "a good war or a bad peace". I wish more of our heads of state agreed with that philosophy.
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