Hiroshima Author:John Hersey Hiroshima is the story of six human beings who lived through the greatest single man-made disaster in history. With what Bruce Bliven called "the simplicity of genius," John Hersey tells what these six - a clerk, a widowed seamstress, a physician, a Methodist minister, a young surgeon, and a German Catholic priest - were doing a 8:15 a.m. on Au... more »gust 6, 1945, when Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. Then he follows the course of their lives hour by hour, day by day, building up with sure, quiet artistry the already classic piece that Lewis Gannett called "the best reporting to come out of this war."
The New Yorker of August 31, 1946 devoted all its space to this story. The immediate repercussions were vast: newspapers here and abroad reprinted it; during four evening half-hours it was read over the network of the American Broadcasting Company; leading editorials were devoted to it in uncounted newspapers. The present complete text in permanent form has been made available to the public as quickly as possible. Its tremendous power derives from the fact that it is the honest story of little people in an average city caught up in the fury of the mightiest destructive force yet discovered by man.« less