Hiroshima by John Hersey

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On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic "that stirs the conscience of humanity" (The New York Times).

Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told.  His account of what he discovered about them is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima.

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John Hersey was born in Tientsin, China on June 17, 1914 where he lived until 1925 when his family went back to the United States. Hersey worked as a journalist and war correspondent during World War II for Time Magazine and became well known from those writings on the war. He was Master at Pierson College at Yale from 1965 to 1970 and spent the following year as Writer-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome. He was a past President of the Authors League of America and was elected by the membership of the American Academy of Arms and Letters to be their chancellor. Hersey's first novel was "A Bell for Adano," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. The following year he wrote "Hiroshima," which was an account of nuclear devastation and human suffering. Hersey was outspoken against the bombing, leading the fight to reclaim humanity, and spoke out against the nuclear arms race. Hersey was also interested and involved in American public education and he published "The Child Buyer" in 1960. "Key West Tales" was published in 1993. Hersey retired from Yale University and lived between Key West, Florida and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. On March 24, 1993, John Hersey died at his home in Key West leaving behind his wife Barbara, five children and six grandchildren.
Published November 1, 1986 by John Curley & Assoc. 238 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Both books are excellent though if you are looking for eye-witness accounts of the Hiroshima bombing.

Dec 08 2010 | Read Full Review of Hiroshima


Further InformationISBN-10: 087011364XISBN-13: 9780870113642Publisher: Kodansha EuropePublication Date: 01/03/1994Binding: PaperbackNumber of pages: 304URL: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/search?keywords=9780870113642&index=books&linkCode=qs&tag=marksbookrevi-21.

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