Susan Southard has written an important book about the Nagasaki atomic bomb's effect on the survivors (hibakusha). She follows 5 of them throughout their lives, explaining their physical and emotional pain, the discrimination against them, and how they chose to fight back. In addition, she chronicles the US Government's decisions about the atomic bombs and Americans' continuing resistance to learn anything about what those bombs did to those who survived them. This is a book that all Americans should read.
What an incredible book! It is difficult to read, especially in the first half as it goes through the physical and mental torment that the survivors experienced when the bomb dropped and for years afterword. It reveals shocking and disgusting facts, such as the US effectively using the survivors as lab rats after the bombing. This is a book that forever changes your perspective on the world.
Frightening but important book about the Nagasaki bombing and its aftereffects, told through the eyes of five of the survivors. Interesting is the fact that the city had a substantial foreign population, as well as a whole section of the city that was Christian. What are mind-boggling is the extent to which the Japanese and American governments collaborated to cover up the true extent of the effects of radiation on the population of the city. and the repeated attempts by American veterans to fight against setting up any "balanced" exhibitions that would have told the story from both sides, particularly at the Smithsonian. This book is a good addition to the cries of "never again" when it comes to using nuclear devices as a tool of war.
A book that removes the layers of shame, pride, and decades of censorship, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War takes a fresh look at the bomb that “ended the war.”
Must read book. Everyone should read it.
Haunting, but beautifully written, history of the Nagasaki nuclear bomb explosion and the aftermath as told through the stories of five grievously wounded survivors.
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