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Hiroshima ()

Journalism : NYU Top 100 of the 20th Century (1)

Originally published in the New Yorker, this brief but powerful book recounts the story of six survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.  Through the steady accumulation of horrific details and the avoidance of polemic, Hersey confronts the reader with a matter of fact account of the devastation that followed in the wake of the bomb.  In the final pages, when he raises the question of whether the bombing was moral, he allows the reader to decide.   By providing this absorbing portrait of the consequences, he has enabled readers to, at least, make a better informed decision.


Grade: (B)


John Hersey Links:

    -WIKIPEDIA: John Hersey
    -ESSAY: A Rare Discovery on the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima”: The head librarian at John Hersey High School, in Illinois, uncovers a piece of journalism history. (Erin Overbey, 8/26/21, The New Yorker)
    -ESSAY: ‘Fallout’ Review: Hiroshima and After John Hersey’s pro?le of six survivors of the A-bomb blast, published 74 years ago today, has lost none of its horri?c power. (Edward Kosner, Aug. 31, 2020, WSJ)

Book-related and General Links:
    -REVIEW: of Hiroshima (John Toland, NY Times Book Review)
    -Bio (John Hersey High School)
    -The Top 100 Works of Journalism In the United States in the 20th Century (NYU School of Journalism)
    -Hiroshima Home Page
    -ESSAY : The Publication of John Hersey's Hiroshima in The New Yorker (Steve Rothman)
    -REVIEW: of THE CALL     (Eva Hoffman, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of THE CALL (Robert McAfee Brown, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: The Call by John Hersey (John K. Fairbank, NY Review of Books)
    -REVIEW; of FLING And Other Stories John Hersey (Vance Bourjaily, NY Times Book review)
    -REVIEW: of BLUES By John Hersey. (Verlyn Klinkenborg, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of The Algiers Motel Incident by John Hersey (Edgar Z. Friedenberg, NY Review of Books)

If you liked Hiroshima, try:

Rhodes, Richard
           -The Making of the Atomic Bomb