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The Last Train from Hiroshima by Charles R. Pellegrino
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Aug 05, 12

bookshelves: army-overdrive, audio-books, history
Read from July 31 to August 04, 2012

Pellegrino delves into the horror of surviving the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Detailing the blast and how through quirks of fate the survivors made it, while their cities died around them. And he shares the tragic story of a handful of people who fled Hiroshima for the safety of Nagasaki to witness it again.

Why I started it: I've read history books about developing the bomb, but wanted a perspective from ground zero.

Why I finished the book: Half way through the book, I learned about the controversy. Some of the sources in the book lied about their participation. Some people mentioned don't exist and the author claimed to have a PhD that the university says it didn't award.

Newspaper link about the controversy of this book:
1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world...
2. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/09/boo...

Pellegrino is right that few in Japan or America understand the true horror of an atomic bomb. General MacArthur was very successful in silencing the reporters and scientists that visited the two cities. On the other hand, the Japanese have been very successful in whitewashing their participation and actions in WWII with their treatment of POW and conquered countries. But false history (deliberate or not) is just as bad as no history. I would recommend reading First Into Nagasaki: The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of War
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