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John Hersey - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of John Hersey, author of books including Hiroshima, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Bell for Adano; twentieth century American Literature
John Hersey   (1914 - 1993)
 
Category:  Chinese Literature
 
Born:  June 17, 1914
Tientsin, China
 
Died:  March 23, 1993
Key West, Florida, United States
 
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John Hersey - LIFE STORIES
 
 
8/31/1946     Hersey's "Hiroshima" and Hibakusha
On this day in 1946 John Hersey's "Hiroshima" was published in The New Yorker. The article took up almost all sixty-eight pages of text space, an unprecedented and unannounced step for the magazine, taken so "that everyone might well take time to consider." When Hersey died in 1993, one obituary called "Hiroshima" the "most famous magazine article ever published."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Hiroshima
non-fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Brotherhood of the Bomb
by Gregg Herken
history
 
Hiroshima in History and Memory
by Michael J. Hogan (Editor)
essays
 
Japan's Secret War: Japan's Race Against Time to Build Its Own Atomic Bomb
by Robert K. Wilcox
history
 
Rain of Ruin: A Photographic History of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
by Donald K. Goldstein, et al
photography
 
Robert Oppenheimer: Letters and Recollections
by J. Robert Oppenheimer, et al
letters
 
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
by Richard Rhodes
history
 
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The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Find historic documents and information about the Manhattan Project, observations of the Trinity test explosion, eyewitness accounts of bombings in Japan, and a statement from Albert Einstein on his participation in the Atom Bomb Project:

"I was well aware of the dreadful danger for all mankind, if these experiments would succeed. But the probability that the Germans might work on that very problem with good chance of success prompted me to take that step. I did not see any other way out, although I always was a convinced pacifist. To kill in war time, it seems to me, is in no ways better than common murder."
Voice of Hibakusha
Features fifteen eyewitness accounts of the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945. It is estimated that 130,000 to 150,000 people died by the end of the year as a direct result of the blast, the fires which followed, and over-exposure to radiation.

"I was trapped under the debris and I was in terrible pain and that's probably why I came to. I couldn't move, not even an inch. Then, I heard about ten of my surviving classmates singing our school song. I remember that. I could hear sobs. Someone was calling his mother. But those who were still alive were singing the school song for as long as they could. I think I joined the chorus. We thought that someone would come and help us out. That's why we were singing a school song so loud. But nobody came to help, and we stopped singing one by one. In the end, I was singing alone."
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