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I hope to plan my Augusts in Japan, wherever I might be, to come to either Hiroshima, Nagasaki, or both, for the annual anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on August 6th and August 9th, respectively. I don't know if I will be able to accomplish this yearly, but in the spirit of remembrance and prayer for those who died, suffered and/or died years later, and for those still dealing with the pain of those fateful days, I have decided to read one book on the subject around the anniversa...
Hell, hell, hell.When bomb fell the world became a living hell. People - if not burnt to death, were scarred beyond recognition and put through suffering I cannot begin to imagine, only to die a miserable, nameless death amid the ruins.The accounts of regular people who survived against such odds often brought me to tears.How could this happen? Regardless of the answer, I hope this would never happen again.
The author acts as if nuclear weapons bring new levels of destruction compared to previous forms of bombing (Sekimori 10). The difference between the nuclear bomb and normal bombing is the casualty rate. The bombing happens so quick with nuclear bombs such that people don’t have time to run away or gain safe shelter if applicable. The author is out of touch and overly optimistic (Sekimori 12). He acts as if the effectiveness of the bomb would make the US want to use the bomb less (Sekimori 12).
By April 1945 the Japanese Suzuki government embraced a war policy called "Ketsugo" whereby the home islands would be defended to the last man, woman, and child. There are several stories in this book where the subject discusses either being a member or having a family member serving in a kamikaze unit. Others discuss their willful training with other civilians in preparation to serve and die in the defense of Japan. You read about Japanese teenagers practicing in courtyards with bamboo spears,
The Author's purpose of writing this book is not to only tell people how the bombing went bad but how horrified and terrified these people were after. The theme of the book is to understand the survivors point of view of the bombing and is trying to not only say but to have the reader feel how the victims felt after the tragic event. The bigger picture of this book is that the survivors are glad to be alive and are trying to explain everything so possibly this won't happen again to anyone as inn...
I read this in one day. I am overflowing with so many kinds of emotions right now that I can't comment. Almost too much too bear and I only read a book. This is a book that should be read by everyone. Some of the accounts that describe the horror are beautiful and lyrical making the horror all that more stark. A U.S. planned and executed Holocaust whose direct victims and those who were yet to be born is not all that different than the attempted annihilation of mass groups of peoples during Hitl...
a very moving book....you cannot possibly imagine the scene that these people lived through. I have also read the manhattan project book and feel that america was going to drop this bomb whether japan surrendered or not, purely as they wanted to trial their new toy!!.what amazes me is the peoples attitude, they do not all want to waste their enerygy on hate and regret. they move forward and fight against nuclear weapons. I can only feel great sympathy for those affected and still affected by the...
It sounds strange, but I really loved reading this book. Though I've read quite a bit on the atomic bomb survivors, the volume of witnesses and especially the photographs included in this book expanded my understanding of the effects of the bomb. For anyone who supports warfare and armament, I am pretty sure reading this would change your mind. As a side effect, the stories also made me feel incredibly grateful for my own decent health.
A harrowing and ultimately necessary read. It's difficult to fathom the human suffering involved in nuclear war, and these personal accounts expose a fraction of that pain. The introduction is excellent, as it explains a bit of the science behind nuclear bombs in a pretty clear manner.Highly recommended.
Gruesome, but important, true stories from victims of the atom bombs dropped over Japan during WW2. We must never forget..
Individual stories from the survivors of the Atomic Bomb. Very good book and very interesting.
Amazing first-person accounts from survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs. Completely sobering and eye-opening.
Intense and a must-read. I think an argument could be made that this should be required reading for every living human being.
More people need to read about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sadly so many toss the word terrorist around. What compares to the A Bomb? The fallout continues to this day.