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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hiroshima in Context
Hiroshima was published in 1946 - a year after the bomb was dropped - in New Yorker magazine. Uniquely in its history, the magazine devoted its entire issue to Hersey's 30,000 word essay. Only later was it turned into a book; the final chapter on the subsequent lives of the six subjects wasn't written until 1985.
Hersey set out to put a human face on the...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not the best book I've ever read but not bad for non-fiction
Upon being assigned to read this book for my 10th greade english class, I wasn't thrilled. The first book I read from my list of required reading was "Brave New word" by Aldous Huxley. I was amazed by the greatness of this book and I now list it as one of my favorites, all of which are behind my all-time favorite "God Bless You Mr. Rosewater" by...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hiroshima in Context, 1. März 2000
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Hiroshima was published in 1946 - a year after the bomb was dropped - in New Yorker magazine. Uniquely in its history, the magazine devoted its entire issue to Hersey's 30,000 word essay. Only later was it turned into a book; the final chapter on the subsequent lives of the six subjects wasn't written until 1985.
Hersey set out to put a human face on the consquences of the atomic bomb. All earlier news accounts, articles and stories had been focused on the statistics, the science, and the effort that led to the nuclear weapon. Understood in that context, understanding what Hersey was trying to do and say, the book is even more remarkable.
It is not a novel; a novel is a work of fiction. It is an essay, a work of reportage. This story is true. The book is all the more remarkable because Hersey was born and raised in China, the son of missionaries, and had no reason to be sympathetic to or about the Japanese. A war correspondent for Time, he earned a commendation from the U.S. Army at Guadacanal. He cannot fairly be accused of anything but supreme objectivity. By telling the true stories of six survivors in an absolutely straightforward way, without judging the decision to use the bomb, he put an intensely human face on the consequences.
He was criticized at the time and is criticized today for taking the events that day out of context. The bomb is supposed to have saved a million American casualties (a highly suspect figure today). It was supposed to have shortened the war by a year or more. Those critics are themselves missing the true context. At the time, the historical events leading to Truman's decision were well known (although recast in February 1947 by Stinson). Hersey's goal was to make the story real in a new way. Those facts are well and good, Hersey is saying, but there were bad consequences as well. In the process, he created a remarkable book.
I was glad to see New York University recently named Hersey's Hiroshima as the best single work of reporting in the 20th century. As events unfold in the escalating nuclear arms race on the Indian subcontinent, everyone needs to understand the human consequences of the use of nuclear weapons. By helping keep Hersey's work before us, perhaps we can avoid another Hiroshima or Nagasaki.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Classic!, 21. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hiroshima (Taschenbuch)
No matter what your views of the atomic bomb are. Whether you think Japan deserved the bomb, or Truman did it to save lives and end the war, or that the bomb was really nuclear diplomacy: you should still read this book. A tiny little book that shows the human effects of the bomb. Well written, short and to the point. This is a must read. Anyone who is interested in WWII and the bomb needs to read this book. I thank my US History since 1945 Professor, Dr. Crawly for assigning us this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book shows the truth about war., 28. Juli 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hiroshima (Taschenbuch)
We are used to hearing about the numbers that died, and suffered. But what Hersey does with this book is he shows the people embedded in the statistics of war. When we wadge a war against another people we want them to be mean, vicious, and only conqurable by extreme measures.
However this book dispells the propaganda and the politics. It moves you passed the biased depictions in American history books. It shows that we did not bomb the Japanese government that actually order the bomb dropped on Pearl Harbor. We bomb women preparing their children for school, and men reading the morning newspaper. I guess for some readers these victims seemed too human, too much like themselves and their families that they didn't like the feeling of empathy this book inspires for "the enemy."
Hersey also shows that there may be other great atrocities against mankind with greater fatalities. However the repercussions of this event made countless succeeding generations suff! er like no other before its time.
There is a scene in the book where a man reaches to help a person trapped. He reaches his hand for the person and the man's skin comes off, as though it were clay. In another scene the author descibes the misery some of the survivors had to suffer when their cells literally began to self-destruct releasing toxins and breaking down organs.
These scenes show the graphic and true misery that spell the word war. If anything it should not put Americans on the defensive, it ahould inspire us to learn from our egregious mistakes and help to find a better way to resolve our international conflicts. Although we like to think of ourselves as being one nation under God, God was not on our side that day.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not the best book I've ever read but not bad for non-fiction, 5. November 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hiroshima (Taschenbuch)
Upon being assigned to read this book for my 10th greade english class, I wasn't thrilled. The first book I read from my list of required reading was "Brave New word" by Aldous Huxley. I was amazed by the greatness of this book and I now list it as one of my favorites, all of which are behind my all-time favorite "God Bless You Mr. Rosewater" by Kurt Vonegut. So naturally I was set up for dissapointment the minute I opened this book. Despite this I was impressed by the vivid and caring descriptions of John Hersey, though I do regret the fact that he fails to mention that the attack on Pearl harbor came during peace time and therefore was probably the most vicious. I'm not so sure that the atomic bomb needed to be dropped, but I would be awfully upset if I were sitting here typing this under Communist rule. Truthfully the bomb upsets me most for its harm to the environment. The overall sentiments in this book were how the Japanese are people just like us and how the effects of the bomb were awful. Good sentiments but ones I already knew none-the-less. If you think the Japanes are monsters and think we should drop another bomb on them tomorrow for good measure you'd better read his book. If not, its really not worth the time or trouble. It is because it was well written that I gave it 3 stars. I would not describe it as even handed by any means, though. The bottom line is that the message in the book has been used before, will be used again and most likely will be done in better ways.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Lasting Effects On the Future, 9. November 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hiroshima (Taschenbuch)
John Hersey's Hiroshima is an excellent book to display the events in a war the opposing side cannot grasp. All too often a society justifies heinous acts of war if they are summarized as "bomb" or "conflict." Hersey puts faces to the generalizations and numbers, forcing a reader to understand that enemies are people with hearts, minds, and souls. The book wasn't a question of opinion, "Should we have done it?" Rather, it was a journalistically unbiased approach to telling the survivors' stories. The novel creates community among demographically diverse readers by unifying concepts of survival, humanity, and reconciliation. Hersey's essay simply was not the redundant, overused concept of, "Don't let history repeat itself." The book was an epiphany; readers met survivors and were forced to be put in their shoes. Readers saw how the people of Hiroshima weren't revengeful, just desperately wanted the hate to end. The novel was not Anti-America or Pro-Japan, it broke all culture boundaries and lines of hate to form universal realizations. Yes, compassion and sypathy are inevitably felt, but the book did not press guilt upon a reader. I praise John Hersey and Hiroshima for letting the stories of six survivors be known - the entire truth of their pain and courage. Every day is sacred in its opportunities to change lives and have lasting effects on the future. Through reading Hiroshima, all readers are woken up to harsh realities and are inevitably changed.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wartime Novel, 23. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hiroshima (Taschenbuch)
Hiroshima, by John Hersey, is about the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima and what happened to six people before and after the explosion. Their names are Miss. Toshiko Sasaki, Dr. Masakazu Fujii, Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, Dr. Terufumi Sasaki and the Rev. Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto. Hiroshima is a very graphic book with sickening descriptions. I think that some of these descriptions were as graphic as the ones in The Hot Zone, by Richard Preston. "Pus oozed out of her wound, and soon the whole pillow was covered with it."(Pg.81) is just one of the many gory descriptions from Hiroshima.
I thought that Hiroshima had its ups and downs. For one, the book was very confusing because there were lots of people and the story kept switching from on person to another. I found myself lost in a a sea of words at times because of this. That was the main bad facet of the book. On the other hand, I thought the book was good because when you did understand what was happening, you felt as if you were actually there because the descriptions in Hiroshima were so vivid. Also, I like the book because it showed you what actually happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and what could happen if a nuclear war broke out. Overall, I though Hiroshima was a good book. I would recommend this book to people who like History and especially WW2.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good but doesn't describe the historical context, 9. November 1998
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Hiroshima, by John Hersey, describes the bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima. It takes the reader into the lives of several people who survived this tragedy. The suffering of the people of Hiroshima is described in great detail. It is a good description of the horrors of nuclear warfare and accurately describes the effects of the bombing. However, this novel is not a history of the first use of a nuclear weapon. It neither explains the reasons behind the American's use of the atomic bomb nor does it describe the terrible actions of the Japanese during World War II. It does not put the events into any historical context and it spends no time explaining what would have happened of the atomic bomb was not used. John Hersey never claimed that his novel was an unbiased history, but he could have described the events leading up to the bombing. Before reading the novel one should have at least a rudimentary understanding of the overall actions of both the Japanese and Americans in World War II. Hiroshima is well written and easy to read, but it is not as great as it is often made out to be. I recommend this novel to everyone, but I also urge anyone interested in the reasoning behind the bombing to read other novels that give a more accurate view of Japan during World War II.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen touching book, 9. November 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hiroshima (Taschenbuch)
In my opinion, Hiroshima by John Hersey is a great book. It is a book that I believe everyone should read. John Hersey tells this tragic story from six of the survivors points-of-view, which is really interesting and caught my attention. Reading about the stories these six survivors have to tell really helped me to understand what emotional pain the people of Hiroshima experienced. Before reading this book I never really had an opinion on the bombing of Hiroshima; it never ran through my mind. After reading this book I now have an understanding of what happened in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, which I'm thankful I have. Stories of shock, helping each other, and moving on are told. We tend not to think about the people that lost their homes, family, and friends because it didn't happen to us or our country. However, it was real and did happen. John Hersey tells the surviving stories of Miss Toshinki Sasaki, Dr. Masakazu Fujii, Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, Dr. Terfumi Sasaki, and Reverend Kiyoshi Tanimoto, and also in the new edition their fates forty years later. There is no better way to tell the story of Hiroshima than by the survivors of it. I enjoyed this book very much and encourage everyone who hasn't read it to do so.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Impact---The Second Time, 9. November 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hiroshima (Taschenbuch)
I thought that John Hersey's Hiroshima could have packed a huge impact, but the power wouldn't be felt immediately. It wasn't until the second time I read through the book that I got any type of emotion out of it. Although the purpose of the book was to inform readers of the effects of nuclear warfare, I experienced more of the suffering aspect. Granted, this was the first account I've seen of how devastating the bomb was to individuals, but the effect I think it was supposed to have (one of utter disgust for our country's ability to do this to other people) completely missed me. I didn't have a heart-felt reaction to the book. I didn't actually feel sad for the people involved. I didn't hate America for their actions. On the other hand, I didn't hate the book. I just didn't think it had any real purpose. Yes, it did give an accurate account of the lives of the hibakusha, but it failed to show why it was doing so. I think if Hersey would have explained the inner importance of the emotions of those people, I would have gotten more out the book. It wasn't a bad read, but the lack of purpose brings this one down. I'd give it 2 stars, but in this case I'll give it 3.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It brings a greater meaning to the words "pain and loss"., 18. November 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hiroshima (Taschenbuch)
John Hersey's Hiroshima is one of the better books I have read about the atomic bomb that brought an end to World War II. His personal account of the six hibakusha took the devastation and destruction the bomb brought to a more significant level. The stories of Miss Sasaki, Dr. Fujii, Mrs. Nakamura, Dr. Sasaki, Father Kleinsorge, and Reverend Tanimoto touched my heart---as well as many others I know. The vivid details he used made me realize that when we dropped the bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, we dropped pain and disaster on the hundreds of thousands of people living there. The last chapter, "The Aftermath," really brought home the effects of the bombing, because even after 40 years many Japanese were still suffering from radiation sickness and other diseases. It was definitely a long, hard road to recovery these people had to travel. No matter what the history books say or what Hersey has presented in his novel, though, the bombing can be summed up with one phrase: "Shikata ga-nai---it can't be helped."
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