When the atomic bomb was dropped on hiroshima few could have anticipated its potential for devastation pulitzer prize winning author john hersey recorded the stories of hiroshima residents shortly after the explosion and in 1946 hiroshima was published giving the world first hand accounts from people who had survived it the words of miss sasaki dr fujii mrs nakamara father kleinsorg . On august 6 1945 hiroshima was destroyed by the first atomic bomb ever dropped on a city that summer william shawn executive director of the new yorker summoned reporter john hersey to write a story that illustrated the human effects of the atomic bomb he accepted the assignment then traveled to hiroshima. 1 tr de g belmont herseys hiroshima tr de j g vsquez tr de a t weyland 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 hiroshima by john hersey penguin london 1986 i a noiseless flash a exactly fifteen minutes past. John herseys hiroshima in john herseys hiroshima he based his book upon the one perspective that the bombing of hiroshima was an act of inhumanity what hersey failed to do was to give the perspective of the americans hersey did not account for the pearl harbor bombing of 1941 or the death march in the japanese bataan camps in 1942
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