Review of “Hiroshima” by John Hersey

Overview: Unrated…. I just could not bring myself to rate a book that was 1st hand stories of victims.


Before, during and after the bombing of Hiroshima during WWII. These are first-hand accounts of people who lived through this bombing.

My Thoughts:

This book is very interesting. I have never read or really learned anything about Hiroshima other than it was the site of the bombing. It was an interesting read to learn about people’s first-hand accounts of the bombs. He talks to 6 people and their personal stories of what happened before, after, and during the bombing. It had a lot of interesting facts and stories. Some were very hard to read. This is not for the faint of heart as some of the stories discuss severe injures and deaths. Most of the deaths were families, women, and children. It is a hard read.

Typically, when this is told in history books, you discuss the making of the bomb and the bombing is just this many people died. But after reading this book, I know that even years after, they suffered. The death count cannot even be tallied as many people got cancer or suffered from radiation poisoning.

I have read a lot of non-fiction history and there are a few that will stick with me forever. This one will stick with me. I do recommend it. But it is 100% not for the faint of heart. It is a small book and only took me about 1-2 hours to complete.

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