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Hiroshima Nagasaki

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 50mm | 579.99g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552778508
  • 9780552778503
  • 98,213

About Paul Ham

Paul Ham is the author of the critically acclaimed Sandakan, Hiroshima Nagasaki, Vietnam: The Australian War, Kokoda and 1914: The Year the World Ended. A former correspondent for the Sunday Times (between 1998-2012), Paul was born in Sydney and educated in Australia and Britain, where he completed a Masters degree in Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He now writes history full-time, and lives in Sydney and Paris.show more

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"[A] vivid, comprehensive and quietly furious account...Paul Ham brings new tools to the job, unearthing fresh evidence of a deeply disturbing sort. He has a magpie eye for the telling detail" -- Ben Macintyre * The Times * "We are in Paul Ham's debt for showing that it is unjustifiable to consider ever again dropping an atomic bomb...Comprehensive and horrifying" -- Jonathan Mirsky * Literary Review * "Provocative and challenging, Paul Ham's book strips away the cosy myth that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended the Second World War...A voice that is both vigorous and passionate" -- Christopher Sylvester * Daily Express * "Controversial...Gives an eye-witness picture that leaves Dante's Inferno looking pale...Well documented and stringently argued" -- Peter Lewis * Daily Mail * "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 *show more

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"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"show more

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