John Hersey’s Hiroshima

At the risk of this blog’s focus becoming too literary, today’s article at is too good to pass up. On this day in 1946, The New Yorker published John Hersey’s thirty-one thousand word article titled “Hiroshima”, which followed the lives of six survivors in the months after the atomic bomb was dropped by the US to end the Pacific battle of World War II. The article took up all sixty-eight pages of text space, an unprecented occurence in both the history of the magazine and the publishing world. New York University magazine recently named ‘Hiroshima’ the best single work of reporting in the 20th century. It has since been published in book form available (of course) through Amazon.

The above photo was “borrowed” from a French website called Luxorion which has a considerable collection of terrifyingly beautiful nuclear explosion photos.

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