Hiroshima, By John Hersey

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In his book Hiroshima, written and published in 1946, Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer and journalist John Hersey argues that people should pay more close attention to the horrors of nuclear weapons that are still a major part of life today, as citizens – especially those in Hiroshima – still continue to suffer from the aftereffects of the atomic bomb set in motion in 1945. Although he never clearly states this argument, it is seen throughout his narrative that nuclear escalation continues to threaten the entire world which is the sole reason as to why they should be put under careful observation. Before writing Hiroshima, Hersey was an appointed infield war correspondent who devoted his time in writing for Life magazine and The New Yorker. He became one of the first Western journalists to come across the disaster of Hiroshima immediately after the bombing had occurred. In fact, he was commissioned by William Shawn, editor of The New Yorker, to write a series of articles about the effects of a nuclear explosion by using first-class witness accounts on the subject. In regards to those who do not know about the cause of the bombing of Hiroshima, it surfaced as a result of Japanese alignment with Germany and Italy, The United States’ enemies at the start of WW2. When Japan signed the Tripartite Pact in September of 1940, the United States took on the decision of placing an embargo on Japanese oil, knowing it would hurt their economy. Subsequently, Japan devised a surprise

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