The Last Train From Hiroshima

The Last Train From Hiroshima

The Survivors Look Back

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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.

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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 Pellegrino’s scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb’s survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written.

At the narrative’s core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand—the Japanese civilians on the ground and the American flyers in the air. Thirty people are known to have fled Hiroshima for Nagasaki—where 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 Nagasaki—and why.



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Draws on the voices of atomic-bomb survivors and the science of forensic archaeology to describe the events and aftermath of two days in August 1945 when nuclear devices detonated over Japan changed life on Earth forever.
Drawing on the voices of atomic-bomb survivors and the new science of forensic archaeology, the best-selling author of The Jesus Family Tomb describes the events and aftermath of two days in August when nuclear devices detonated over Japan changed life on Earth forever.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805087963
0805087966
Branch Call Number: 940.5425 P364L
Characteristics: 367 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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Janice21383
Jul 16, 2016

You'd have to be paralyzed to not feel sympathy for the people were bombed at Hiroshima. The consequences were horrific, especially for a mostly civilian population. But I could not finish this book, and not for the reasons you might expect. Individual stories are harrowing, but there is little historical context as to why the decision to bomb was made; merely a few passing mentions of how maybe the Japanese did some bad things, too. A topic such as this calls for depth and insight, but Mr. Pellegrino's prose is just adequate. The result is a collection of facts and anecdotes, rather than a great book. John Hersey's Hiroshima remains the best-written account. Read Last Train if you would like more detail, up until the present day.

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MikeEe
Jun 15, 2016

Incredible, and moving.
The book is full of the lives of heroes. Many, many heroes. And a few others.
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wearenotamused
Jun 20, 2011

This book had amazing power, and was very moving. Vivdly describing the atrocities of the atom bombs, it paints a relateable picture on human suffering, and fully illustrates the cruelty humanity is capable of. The people in the book are touching and poignant; and you can't help but imagine yourself in thier place. The Kirkus review on the back of the book states it perfectly- " Extremely painful too read-but absolutely essential to do so."

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