On August 9th, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
It killed a third of the population instantly, and the survivors, or hibakusha, would be affected by the life-altering medical conditions caused by the radiation for the rest of their lives. They were also marked with the stigma of their exposure to radiation, and fears of the consequences for their children.
Nagasaki follows the previously unknown stories of five survivors and their families, from 1945 to the present day. It captures the full range of pain, fear, bravery and compassion unleashed by the destruction of a city.
Nagasaki was published in paperback last week and has already garnered some excellent review coverage. Here’s what people are saying about the book:
“In-depth interviews with five particular survivors who were all within the radius of the bomb’s impact on that fatal morning. Their graphic descriptions of the aftermath of the nuclear explosion read like something straight out of hell: staggering heat, spontaneous fires, tornado-force winds, scenes of utter ruin.”
“Southard interviews Taniguchi and 12 others. On top of this, the book draws on the testimonies of those who rushed to help survivors in the aftermath, the people who tried to help Nagasaki rebuild and then manage the effect for years afterwards. It makes for devastating reading.”
‘Camden New Journal’
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