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John Hersey

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John Hersey, Chapter 2 e wondered how such extensive damage could have been dealt out of a silent sky. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica,, The New Yorker Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Radiation Sickness Often-fatal illness resulting from major radiation Keloid Tumors Overgrowth of scar tissue that forms over radiation burns Atomic Bomb Explosive device powered through the splitting of atoms Key People estimated to have died in the bombing of Hiroshima ~135,000 Victims seeking help after the bombing at the Red Cross Hospital, which had only 600 beds ~10,000 9 Days between the bombing of Hiroshima and Japan’s surrender Tons of TNT equivalent to the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima ~15,000 Hiroshimaby the Numbers Hersey drew on his expertise as a wartime journalist to create a moving narrative of the Hiroshima bombing. Employing the style of New Journalism for which he was known, Hersey borrowed techniques from fiction to frame facts gathered through interviews, observation, and research. JOHN HERSEY1914–93 Author Survivors resolve to move forward despite overwhelming suffering. Resolve Tragic events bring out both the best and worst of human nature. Human Compassion The stories of six survivors raise questions about the ethics of war. War August 6, 1945, marked the dawn of nuclear warfare, when the United States dropped a five-ton atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The stories of the city’s survivors illustrate the human suffering wrought by the weapon that ended World War II. Dawn of the Nuclear Age THEMES English Original Language 1946 Year Published John Hersey Author Hiroshima War Literature Nonfiction

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