John Hersey

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Radiation Poisoning

For decades after the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, Hiroshimans suffered from radiation poisoning caused by the lingering effects of nuclear weaponry. Some survivors of the bombing spent the rest of their lives dealing with…

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The Bookcase

At the end of Chapter One, Toshiko Sasaki’s leg is crushed beneath a heavy bookcase. The chapter ends with the famous sentence, “In the first moment of the atomic age, a human being was…

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