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The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back (John MacRae Books)

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ISBN13: 9780805087963
ISBN10: 0805087966
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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

Last Train from Hiroshima offers readers a stunning “you are there” time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrinos scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bombs survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written.

At the narratives core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthandthe Japanese civilians on the ground and the American flyers in the air. Thirty people are known to have fled Hiroshima for Nagasakiwhere they arrived just in time to survive the second bomb. One of them, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, is the only person who experienced the full effects of the cataclysm at ground zero both times. The second time, the blast effects were diverted around the stairwell in which Yamaguchi had been standing, placing him and a few others in a shock coccoon that offered protection, while the entire building disappeared around them.

Pellegrino weaves spellbinding stories together within an illustrated narrative that challenges the “official report,” showing exactly what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasakiand why.

Review:

"Using a combination of firsthand accounts of Japanese A-bomb survivors, American aviators, and classified documents of government officials, Pellegrino (The Jesus Family Tomb) reconstructs two horrifying days and their aftermath when the age of atomic warfare was introduced over Japan. He is fascinated with the 'strange alchemy' of these cruel weapons ('One ten-millionth of a second later, a sphere of gamma rays escap[ed] the core at light speed') as the bomb fell on Mrs. Aoyam tending her garden at Point Zero, literally before she could see it coming. Pellegrino is equally interested in the grotesque effects the blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki inflicted on the human body with its gamma rays, neutron spray and poisonous black rain. The stories of the few Japanese survivors includes a group of 30 civilians fleeing from Hiroshima to Nagasaki where they arrived to endure the second bomb, are heart-stopping. Pellegrino dissects the complex political and military strategies that went into the atomic detonations and the untold suffering heaped on countless Japanese civilians, weaving all of the book's many elements into a wise, informed protest against any further use of these terrible weapons. 16 pages of b&w photos, maps." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

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

Last Train from Hiroshima offers readers a stunning “you are there” time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrinos scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bombs survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written.

At the narratives core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthandthe Japanese civilians on the ground and the American flyers in the air. Thirty people are known to have fled Hiroshima for Nagasakiwhere they arrived just in time to survive the second bomb. One of them, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, is the only person who experienced the full effects of the cataclysm at ground zero both times. The second time, the blast effects were diverted around the stairwell in which Yamaguchi had been standing, placing him and a few others in a shock coccoon that offered protection, while the entire building disappeared around them.

Pellegrino weaves spellbinding stories together within an illustrated narrative that challenges the “official report,” showing exactly what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasakiand why.

About the Author

Charles Pellegrino is co-author of the bestseller The Jesus Family Tomb. He is the author of nineteen books, including Her Name, Titanic, and Ghosts of the Titanic, which James Cameron used as major sources for his blockbuster movie Titanic and the Imax film Ghosts of the Abyss. Pellegrino has a PhD in zoology and has contributed to many popular magazines, including Science and Smithsonian. He lives in New York City.

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Michael Riley, February 10, 2010 (view all comments by Michael Riley)
I am not a fan of World War Two history books. But after hearing the author talk on a radio show of his research, I decided to give Last Train to Hiroshima a chance. This book is probably one of the finest arguments against the use of nuclear weapons ever written. The author does not take sides, he merely tells what he learned through various interviews and research. It is a powerful book full of imagery that at times is disturbing. If anything, I found the book to be a little too descriptive in places. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn the details of those days in August 1945 when the nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Pellegrino does a fantastic job detailing the events immediately before, during and after each city was destroyed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805087963
Subtitle:
The Survivors Look Back
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co.
Author:
Pellegrino, Charles
Author:
Pellegrino, Charles R.
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan -- Hiroshima-shi.
Subject:
Hiroshima-shi (Japan) History.
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military - Nuclear Warfare
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
John MacRae Books
Publication Date:
20100119
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
tk bandw line drawings
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 x 1.38 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » Japan » Modern 1868 to 1945
History and Social Science » World History » Japan

The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back (John MacRae Books)
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Using a combination of firsthand accounts of Japanese A-bomb survivors, American aviators, and classified documents of government officials, Pellegrino (The Jesus Family Tomb) reconstructs two horrifying days and their aftermath when the age of atomic warfare was introduced over Japan. He is fascinated with the 'strange alchemy' of these cruel weapons ('One ten-millionth of a second later, a sphere of gamma rays escap[ed] the core at light speed') as the bomb fell on Mrs. Aoyam tending her garden at Point Zero, literally before she could see it coming. Pellegrino is equally interested in the grotesque effects the blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki inflicted on the human body with its gamma rays, neutron spray and poisonous black rain. The stories of the few Japanese survivors includes a group of 30 civilians fleeing from Hiroshima to Nagasaki where they arrived to endure the second bomb, are heart-stopping. Pellegrino dissects the complex political and military strategies that went into the atomic detonations and the untold suffering heaped on countless Japanese civilians, weaving all of the book's many elements into a wise, informed protest against any further use of these terrible weapons. 16 pages of b&w photos, maps." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , 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

Last Train from Hiroshima offers readers a stunning “you are there” time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrinos scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bombs survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written.

At the narratives core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthandthe Japanese civilians on the ground and the American flyers in the air. Thirty people are known to have fled Hiroshima for Nagasakiwhere they arrived just in time to survive the second bomb. One of them, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, is the only person who experienced the full effects of the cataclysm at ground zero both times. The second time, the blast effects were diverted around the stairwell in which Yamaguchi had been standing, placing him and a few others in a shock coccoon that offered protection, while the entire building disappeared around them.

Pellegrino weaves spellbinding stories together within an illustrated narrative that challenges the “official report,” showing exactly what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasakiand why.

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