Life After Nuclear War

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This book is a powerful and unflinching account of the enduring impact of nuclear war, told through the stories of those who survived. On August 9, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, a small port city on Japan's southernmost island. An estimated 74,000 people died within the first five months, and another 75,000 were injured. Published on the seventieth anniversary of the bombing, Nagasaki takes readers from the morning of the bombing to the city today, telling the first-hand experiences of five survivors, all of whom were teenagers at the time of the devastation. Susan Southard has spent years interviewing hibakusha ("bomb-affected people") and researching the physical, emotional, and social challenges of post-atomic life. She weaves together dramatic eyewitness accounts with searing analysis of the policies of censorship and denial that colored much of what was reported about the bombing both in the United States and Japan. A gripping narrative of human resilience, Nagasaki will help shape public discussion and debate over one of the most controversial wartime acts in history.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, [2015]
Branch Call Number: 940.5482 SOU
Characteristics: xix, 389 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-372) and index.


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Dec 20, 2018

Susan Southard has written an important book about the Nagasaki atomic bomb's effect on the survivors (hibakusha). She follows 5 of them throughout their lives, explaining their physical and emotional pain, the discrimination against them, and how they chose to fight back. In addition, she chronicles the US Government's decisions about the atomic bombs and Americans' continuing resistance to learn anything about what those bombs did to those who survived them. This is a book that all Americans should read.

Apr 17, 2018

What an incredible book! It is difficult to read, especially in the first half as it goes through the physical and mental torment that the survivors experienced when the bomb dropped and for years afterword. It reveals shocking and disgusting facts, such as the US effectively using the survivors as lab rats after the bombing. This is a book that forever changes your perspective on the world.

Jun 10, 2016

Frightening but important book about the Nagasaki bombing and its aftereffects, told through the eyes of five of the survivors. Interesting is the fact that the city had a substantial foreign population, as well as a whole section of the city that was Christian. What are mind-boggling is the extent to which the Japanese and American governments collaborated to cover up the true extent of the effects of radiation on the population of the city. and the repeated attempts by American veterans to fight against setting up any "balanced" exhibitions that would have told the story from both sides, particularly at the Smithsonian. This book is a good addition to the cries of "never again" when it comes to using nuclear devices as a tool of war.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

A book that removes the layers of shame, pride, and decades of censorship, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War takes a fresh look at the bomb that “ended the war.”

Jan 29, 2016

Must read book. Everyone should read it.

joenarkin3 Sep 18, 2015

Haunting, but beautifully written, history of the Nagasaki nuclear bomb explosion and the aftermath as told through the stories of five grievously wounded survivors.

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