[Download] (Hiroshima) AUTHOR John Hersey
It is not often that I find myself unable to convey the magnitude of importance a book has but that is exactly where I am at when trying to describe this book Read it look at our world try to get others to read it hopefully a critical mass of common sense will implode in our collective hearts 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 and only because in Sweden at an another nuclear facility noticed increased radioactivity levels on their own clothes and figured out something nasty must have happened in the eastern block Sneaky communist governments with their sneaky conspiracies That s my own little nuclear story Nothing in comparison to Hersey s Hiroshima Because Hiroshima has pounded me into the ground Bodies evaporated on spot shadows of people in mid motion cast into stones Hersey s second by second account of the bombing has a feel of Armagedon The intricate burn patterns you d often recognise the lace flower patterns of their former clothing in their injuries add absurdity to the situation The radiation sickness people puking out their insides not knowing why Utter confusion as to what actually happened Miles of concrete city block obliterated with people still alive burried under it No real help ever to come Not with this level of destruction And the book doesn t stop there Hershey s aftermath is thorough You get to hear about the conseuences of the bombing Both long and short term It turns out nobody was left unaffectedThere s the poor government handling of the survivors Hiroshima was pretty much left to tend to its own needs Only years later a special health support system was introduced There s the initial unwillingness of health professionals to provide help to Hiroshima victims There s the sense of isolation loss and depression hunting survivors in years to come Because how do you live past an apocalypseIt s an emotionally draining book hard to get through but very much worth the strain Well written well reached and very well thought out it touches on all the important aspects of the bombing I highly recommend it Let me start with a preambular warning do NOT buy the kindle edition which is missing Chapter 5 This is the eBook edition published by Pickle Partners ASIN B00U4BBTY 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 Haunting Gut wrenchingUtterly shame enducingIn 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 terrible than fiction My God what have we done Robert Lewis the pilot Hiroshima after the bombingOn August 6 1945 a uiet hysteria buzzed through Hiroshima The Americans had been firebombing Japan for weeks and it was one of only two key Cities They Had Not they had not hit A Rumour Was Going Around rumour was going around the Americans were saving something special for the city The citizens heard the bombing alarm at 7am which wasn t unusual or indicating a severe attack However the All clear sounded at 8am and people relaxed started to read their newspapers and cooked breakfast Then at 815am Little Boy was dropped over Hiroshima The bomb kills nearly 100000 people and injures 100000 from the 250 000 that were living in Hiroshima Atomic bomb mushroom cloudHiroshima left and Nagasaki rightIn Hiroshima Hersey traces the lives of six survivors two doctors two women and two religious men from the moment the bomb drops until a few months later In 1985 he added a postscript that forms the book s fifth chapter In this chapter Hersey reexamines these six individuals lives in the forty years since the bomb Starting with the noiseless flash I was surprised to learn that the people in the city didn t hear an explosion and saw nothing than a flash of bright light The typical atomic mushroom and the noise could only be experienced from the outside Over 90% of the population of central
Hiroshima perished almost all the families of evacuated six to 11 perished almost all the families of evacuated six to 11 olds died Back in the city most of the orphan children died within months of starvationIn the days after the bombing nobody knows what caused such destruction Theories are developed but people are left with ignorance and confusion for an entire week until the news spreads that it was an atomic bomb and they started to remove the dead bodies from the streets At first everyone thought that ust their building had been hit and were irritated to see that the entire city was destroyed and on fire The skin of the people in the inner circle basically evaporated many were severely burned causing the people to believe that the Americans had covered them with toxic gas or gasoline that they had set on fire Between life and deathPart of John Hersey s goal was to show that there was no unified political or national response by the people of Hiroshima but that they came together as a community But despite the community spirit they suffered alone as victims People had se. Timeless powerful compassionate HIROSHIMA is the world famous true story of six human beings who lived through the greatest single man made disaster in history In this his ournalistic masterpiece Hersey tells what these six a clerk a widowed seamstress a physician a Methodist minister a young surgeon and a Germa.
characters Ë eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ John HerseyX 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 reminiscent of such writers as Yasunari kawabata John Hersey basically splits the book in two firstly we have the immediate aftermath of events where widespread panic and confusion are placed on those who managed to survive and try to grasp ust what is going on around them and rather than go into too much detail regarding the actual deaths which were ust horrific Hersey mainly pays attention to those frantically looking for loved ones or those able enough to help Into the second half the six individuals are looked at in detail during the years following war and here it becomes very moving and life affirming to see the spirit and resolve they use to do good and make the most of their lives which almost bought a tear to my eye If I could be granted ust one wish world peace would be the only thing on my mind and today we need it than ever as there doesn t seem to be a day that goes by without an atrocity taking place somewhere Sadly that s Who Is Muhammad Ali? just a distant dream but we must always live in hope Lovepeace 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 US 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 StreetThis is the editorial note that ran with Hersey s story in the Aug 31 1946 issue of The New YorkerTO OUR READERSThe New Yorker this week devotes its entire editorial space to an article on the almost complete obliteration of a city by one atomic bomb and what happened to the people of that city It does so in the conviction that few of us have yet comprehended the all but incredible destructive power of this weapon and that everyone might well take time to consider the terrible implications of its use THE EDITORSHersey s book length article focuses primarily on six victims of the bombing Miss Toshiko Sasaki Dr Masakazu Fujii Mrs Hatsuyo Nakamara Father William Kleinsorge Dr Terufumi Sasaki and the Reverend Mr Kiyoshi Tanimoto tracking their lives from the morning of the bombing through the months of its aftermath It s a masterful piece ofournalism and of a type little seen any The article has almost no attribution and few uotes Rather it uses a straightforward narrative style telling the story as it happened and the reader simply has to trust that Hersey did the footwork needed to compose his piece And it s obvious he didHersey gives almost no information about the US decision to bomb Hiroshima or the larger context of World War II but rather focuses solely on how the bombing and its aftermath affected the city s people The book is stronger as a result showing the full range of horrors caused by the dropping of an atomic bomb in particular on six people we come to know and care about deeplyIt speaks to Hersey s talents as a writer that despite the tragic subject matter and the physical and emotional turmoils he recounts we the readers don t want the book to end because that means leaving Miss Sasaki Dr Fujii Mrs Nakamura Father Kleinsorge Dr Sasaki no relation to Miss Sasaki and the Reverend Tanimoto behind We want to stay with them and make sure they re able to build new lives for themselvesThe book s last paragraph a school essay written by Toshio Nakamura who was 10 years old when the bomb was dropped is particularly heartbreaking and serves as a fitting coda for Hersey s piece It s short enough to uote here but really needs to be read in context It s the perfect ending to an important stirring work of ournalism The entire book is highly recommended for all readers It SEEMS ALMOST INDECENT TO PUT A RATING ON THIS almost indecent to put a rating on this 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 you and I ust trying to live their lives feed their children take care of their families Not knowing what happened what type of new weapon caused this total devastation A young doctor one of the few available in the immediate aftermath who tries to take care of those he can with very few supplies and with only one hour of sleep in three days Another man who b This book will1 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 ust got dumped over the phone or found out your cat died No you were ust 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 to her a few weeks ago Blind murder in Oslo until you explained it to her a few weeks ago Blind centric America folks Scenes from this book will return when you are stuck in traffic and you will cry some Do not operate a motor vehicle under the influence of this book2 Humble you Calling my problems problems is a little difficult after reading this book which is a high achievement in any artistic endeavor Witnessing the sober minded empathetic will of the survivors and the nation itself after suffering one of the most blind unfathomably enormous single blow. Ad told His moving account of what he discovered is now the elouent final chapter to one of the most meaningful documents of our time Nothing that can be said about his book THE NEW YORK TIMES wrote of the first edition can eual what the book has to say It speaks for itself and in an unforgettable way for humanit. Vere injuries but did t complain or cry out they suffered silently which Hersey suggests is a uniuely Japanese characteristic that it s important to the individual not to disturb the larger group and call attention to their own needs or pain Thousands of people die all around but no one expresses anger or calls for retribution As Mr Tanimoto ran unharmed through the city he apologized to the masses of injured people he passes for not suffering himself Thirteen year old girls died with noble visions that they were sacrificed for their country and were not concerned for themselves or bitter over their fate This stoicism becomes a major source of pride for them they could be strong and supportive of their country and receive whatever hardship they were given with powerful silence the silence in the grove by the river where hundreds of gruesomely wounded suffered together was one of the most dreadful and awesome phenomena of his whole existence Distinctive scaringThe water in Hiroshima is a cause of death and disease When Mrs Nakamura and her children drank from the river they vomited the rest of the day because it has been polluted other died from drinking it Mr Tanimoto spend all his energy transporting injured people across the river but many of them drown in the rising tide Floods from a terrible storm wash away hospitals houses and bridges that had survived the bombing The bomb turns day into night conjures up rain and winds and destroys beings from the inside as well as from the outside When the Japanese learn how the bomb was created by releasing the power inside an atom they call it the genshi bakudan or original child bomb emphasizing that when men made this bomb they were dealing with forces far beyond their own power The narrative conveys the unsettling sense that the creation and use of the atom bomb crosses an important line between the natural and unnatural world Severe burnings acute radiation syndrome and children born with malformationsWeeks after the explosion after Japan capitulates and Hiroshima begins to rebuild a new terror strikes radiation sickness which can be separated into three stages The first stage is a drop in the number of blood cells causing an anemia extreme hair loss and the death of bone marrow The second stage is gastrointestinal causing extreme nausea vomiting and abdominal pain In the third stage then the victims experience dizziness headaches and loose consciousness This neurological stage is invariably deadly even though every one of the stages can cause death It can occur within minutes or hours people were ust dropping dead or fell asleep out of nothing Beyond that men became sterile and women experienced miscarriages Even today people still die from leukemia babies are born with malformations and other disabilities caused by the radiation Removing keloids from a childDr Sasaki spends a lot of his time trying to remove the thick ugly scars called keloids that have grown over burns suffered by the victims without realizing that much of their work has done harm than good The keloids also play an important role in the the lives of the young scarred women who are taken to the US to get plastic surgery When they return to Japan they became objects of public curiosity as well as envy and spite Employers wouldn t hire people with such scars and people didn t want their children to marry people who suffered from symptoms of radiation sickness The keloids mark people as survivors of the attack and are a suffered from symptoms of radiation sickness The keloids mark people as survivors of the attack and are a physical symbol of both the damage inflicted by the bomb and the naivety of those who tried to heal Japan
S Wounds After The WarEverywounds after the warEvery we meet inevitably has to deal with the death of close family members and friends as well as being surrounded by death on a massive scale Mrs Nakamura s neighbor is there one minute and gone the next The severely burned people that Mr Tanimoto helps to the shore one night are drowned by the next morning But even though Hersey does not give the reader many direct views of death there is a constant oppressive and almost suffocating feeling that death is all around John HerseyHiroshima was first published by Hersey in The New Yorker and hailed as one of the greatest pieces of ournalism ever written It had a massive impact revealing the full horror and effects of the bombing which had been kept secret by the US government before People all over the world began to understand what really happened not A Secret Kept just to the city but to the people It was a radical piece ofournalism that gave a voice to those who only a year before had been mortal enemies John Hersey combined all his experience as a war correspondent with his skill as a novelist to demonstrate the enduring power of storytelling while revealing pictures that have been hidden away This is why we need ournalists Do not work primarily for money do your duty to patients first and let the money follow our life is short we don t live twice the whirlwind will pick up the leaves and spin them but then it will drop them and they will form a pile Stunning Book report on Atomic Bomb explosion by US on Japan during WWIISpecial piece of writing and all data s near about the FactsIt expressed frantically by different perceptionsReveals by various person was remained alive and their efforts made in that drastic and vital situationIn end it describes hows such nuclear devastation could lead to atmospheric as well human deparature if ever would be come in used in anyway On August 6th 1945 the people of Hiroshima will witness the darkest of days as at 815am a vision of hell on earth shall arrive on their doorsteps the atomic bomb 100000 men women and children lost their lives with countless seriously burned injured and mentally scared for life This is the story of si. N Catholic priest were doing at 815 AM on August 6 1945 when America dropped the first atomic bomb Then he follows the course of their lives hour by hour day by dayNearly forty years after the original publication of this celebrated book John Hersey returned to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he