The last train from Hiroshima : the survivors look back

by Pellegrino, Charles R.

Format: Print Book 2010
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Non-Fiction Collection D767.25.H6 P45 2010
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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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This is a frightening, grim, yet fascinating examination of the nuclear attacks on Japan. Pellegrino, trained as a zoologist, utilizes his scientific knowledge to describe, in minute, technical detail the physics of the nuclear detonation. He proceeds to give a brutally vivid forensic account of the effects of the blast and radiation upon the victims. This is merciless and very disturbing stuff. Bodies are vaporized, leaving only an imprint on walls or sidewalks. Human skin virtually melts, and the shapes of eyeballs are warped. Pellegrino relies on accounts of survivors who describe their initial confusion, followed by horror as they wander through the devastation. There is also irony here, because survival often depended upon things as trivial as the color of one's clothing. Finally, Pellegrino considers the fate of those few who fled Hiroshima only to endure a similar horror in Nagasaki. This is shocking, well-written, and will counter the oft expressed opinion that these instruments are just another weapon. --Freeman, Jay Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly 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. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Atomic bomb victims -- Japan -- Hiroshima-shi -- Biography.
Atomic bomb -- Social aspects -- Japan -- Hiroshima-shi -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan -- Hiroshima-shi.
Forensic archaeology -- Japan -- Hiroshima-shi.
Hiroshima-shi (Japan) -- History -- Bombardment, 1945 -- Personal narratives, Japanese.
Hiroshima-shi (Japan) -- Biography.
Hiroshima-shi (Japan) -- History -- Bombardment, 1945.
Publisher New York :Henry Holt and Co.,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "A John Macrae book."
Description 367 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [347]-349) and index.
ISBN 9780805087963 (alk. paper)
0805087966 (alk. paper)
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