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    Hersey, John. Hiroshima. New York: n.p., 1946. Print. Before John Hersey’s novel, Hiroshima, Americans viewed Japanese as cruel and heartless people. This warped perspective caused the majority of American citizens to feel complacent about the use of the atomic bomb against civilians. Americans, in many ways, were blinded by their own ignorance to notice the severity of the destruction suffered by not only the city of Hiroshima but, more importantly, the people who lived there. The six testimonies

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    Hiroshima by John was published in 1946, one year after the atomic bomb was dropped in hiroshima, japan on August 6th, 1945. It discusses the stories of six different survivors of the atomic bomb in which one hundred thousand people were killed and many more were injured. The tremendous damage to the city, the medical personnel struggle to aid, the suffering strangers who lost loved ones and were badly injured, and the devastating aftermath is all told in this book. John Hersey himself interviewed

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    that the humanity in us, our personalities, either fall apart leaving us nothing but a hollow shell, or transforms into a stronger, evolved form gleaming with compassion and self sacrifice. Night written by Elie Wiesel and Hiroshima written by John Hersey portray how every day life might un-expectantly change, how frail life really is, and how these unexpected changes test what is inside us. Both books tell the tale of how lives of civilians were interrupted by the events of World War II, what tragedies

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    leave the Japanese government with nowhere to retreat, allowing for a crippling effect that would essentially cause their collapse and surrender. In his writings, John Hersey proclaims that Hiroshima was a “… inviting target - mainly because it had been one of the most important military command and communications centres in Japan …” (HERSEY, P. 107). In the minds of American strategists, this must have seemed a flawless method to force the Japanese military into a corner, not allowing withdrawal without

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    Hiroshima By John Hersey

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    event first occurred. The author, John Hersey, may have exaggerated how calm people’s reactions were and how easily they were able to come to peace with the destruction of their city. At the end of the day, the people were not in silence and they were not embracing what had happened to them. The city was somewhat chaotic; Hersey excluded these details from his writing. The people still worshipped and loved their emperor after they had gone through the tragedy: Hersey said, “they of course, were deeply

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    Hiroshima, By John Hersey

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    John Hersey once said, “What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence, in the sense of fear of specific weapons, so much as it 's been memory. The memory of what happened at Hiroshima”. Early morning on August the 6th 1945, the United Sates dropped atomic bombs into the city of Hiroshima, Japan. The “Little Boy” bomb which was equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT, destroyed most of the city and killed about 130,000 people. There were few people who survived after this

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    John Hersey not only brings home the instantaneous physical impacts following the implosion of the atomic bomb, but also the weeks, months, and years to come after the bomb was dropped. The effects of radiation on a majority of people, caused by the atomic bomb, lasted for the rest of their lives. If fact, radiation was often the cause of the death later in life, whether it be the direct cause of fragility or cancer but also for those who procreated. The radiation also affected some of their offspring

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    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

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    Hiroshima, By John Hersey

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    first city of an atomic attack by the United States. Thousands of people were not so lucky to survive and tell their story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing. In the book Hiroshima, by John Hersey, he writes about the tragic experience of six lucky survivors, on the day of the bombing in Hiroshima. Hersey wrote Hiroshima to give an insight about the experience of pain, hopelessness, and difficult time for many people of what used to be a nice city. The book started off by telling the time, date

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    Hiroshima, By John Hersey

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    1946 and written by John Hersey. Hersey was employed by The New Yorker to Japan to explore the aftermath of the first atomic bombing done by the US. On August 6, 1945, the American bomber B-29 dropped the atomic bomb “Little Boy” over Hiroshima, Japan during WWII. He was able to examine nuclear warfare, the short-term and long-term effects, and the testing of humanity. Hersey’s intent in writing this book was to expose the lives of several survivors of the atomic bomb. Hersey interviews and relays

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