The Last Train From Hiroshima

The Last Train From Hiroshima

The Survivors Look Back

Book - 2010
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Drawing on the voices of atomic-bomb survivors and the new science of forensic archaeology, Charles Pellegrino describes the events and aftermath of two days in August when nuclear devices detonated over Japan changed life on Earth forever.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805087963
0805087966
Characteristics: 367 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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Janice21383
Jul 16, 2016

You'd have to be paralyzed to not feel sympathy for the people were bombed at Hiroshima. The consequences were horrific, especially for a mostly civilian population. But I could not finish this book, and not for the reasons you might expect. Individual stories are harrowing, but there is little historical context as to why the decision to bomb was made; merely a few passing mentions of how maybe the Japanese did some bad things, too. A topic such as this calls for depth and insight, but Mr. Pellegrino's prose is just adequate. The result is a collection of facts and anecdotes, rather than a great book. John Hersey's Hiroshima remains the best-written account. Read Last Train if you would like more detail, up until the present day.

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MikeEe
Jun 15, 2016

Incredible, and moving.
The book is full of the lives of heroes. Many, many heroes. And a few others.
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wearenotamused
Jun 20, 2011

This book had amazing power, and was very moving. Vivdly describing the atrocities of the atom bombs, it paints a relateable picture on human suffering, and fully illustrates the cruelty humanity is capable of. The people in the book are touching and poignant; and you can't help but imagine yourself in thier place. The Kirkus review on the back of the book states it perfectly- " Extremely painful too read-but absolutely essential to do so."

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