Hiroshima Nagasaki

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Press: Black Swan (August 5, 2013)
Author Name:Ham, Paul


The first narrative history of the nuclear attack told from both the Japanese and American viewpoints. 
     Japan 1945.
In one of the defining moments of the twentieth century, more than 100,000 people were killed instantly by two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by US Air Force B29s.
Hundreds of thousands more succumbed to their horrific injuries, or slowly perished of radiation-related sickness.
     Hiroshima Nagasaki tells the story of the tragedy through the eyes of the survivors, from the twelve-year-olds forced to work in war factories to the wives and children who faced it alone.
Through their harrowing personal testimonies, we are reminded that these were ordinary people, given no warning and no chance to escape the horror.     American leaders claimed that the bombings were 'our least abhorrent choice' and fell strictly on 'military targets'.
Even today, most people believe they ended the Pacific War and saved millions of American and Japanese lives.
Hiroshima Nagasaki challenges this deep-set perception, revealing that the atomic bombings were the final crippling blow to the Japanese in a stratgic air war waged primarily against civilians.


 • "With more detail than the average text book yet written in a way that pulls you in... 
this is essential for anyone remotely interested in our history." --Sydney Sunday Telegraph • "Ham tells a story of hatred and heroism, ingenuity and mindless viciousness, ambition and despair." --The Age

About the Author

PAUL HAM is the author of the highly acclaimed Kokoda and is the Australia correspondent of the London Sunday Times. 
He was born and educated in Australia and lives in Sydney, having spent several years working in Britain as a journalist and publisher.


History,Military,World War II

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Comment List (Total:14)

  •     Thought provoking read.
  •     This book should be read by everyone who has their finger on the launch button or involved with nuclear bombs .. not so much as stopping the work on nuclear energy as understanding the ramifications and responsibilities associated with its use in weapons of war.
  •     Great book!
  •     Great read
  •     I wanted to buy "The Last Train from Hiroshima" , but ordered the wrong one. I am glad that I read it though. It just proves how wrong war is on all sides.
  •     Interesting history, things I didn't know, behind the scene info.Is this all true and is it presented in a bias manner?
  •     Well written with a lot of information, however tries to make you think use of the atom bomb was a mistake. Very opinionated and and one sided.
  •     This is a detailed and exhaustive description of the process of the making of the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and how the US governmental and military...
  •     Well written.
  •     This is a very well researched book. It is written in a non-academic style that makes it read like a page-turner mystery novel.
  •     "Paul Ham argues against the use of nuclear weapons, drawing on extensive research and hundreds of interviews to prove that the bombings had little impact on the eventual...
  •     Brilliantly done. A must-read for any history buff and anyone interested in the issue of nuclear arms and disarmament.
  •     I thought I knew a lot about the Manhattan Project and the lead up to and aftermath of the atomic bombings. However, Ham's masterfully researched and written book was a page-turner proper education in the less than sterling episode in history.
  •     This book got me to re-evaluate my feelings regarding the validity of dropping the bombs. Well written.

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