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Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World | Lesley M.M. Blume
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New York Times bestselling author Lesley M.M. Blume reveals how one courageous American reporter uncovered one of the deadliest cover-ups of the 20th centurythe true effects of the atom bombpotentially saving millions of lives. Just days after the United States decimated Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear bombs, the Japanese surrendered unconditionally. But even before the surrender, the US government and military had begun a secret propaganda and information suppression campaign to hide the devastating nature of these experimental weapons. The cover-up intensified as Occupation forces closed the atomic cities to Allied reporters, preventing leaks about the horrific long-term effects of radiation which would kill thousands during the months after the blast. For nearly a year the cover-up workeduntil New Yorker journalist John Hersey got into Hiroshima and managed to report the truth to the world. As Hersey and his editors prepared his article for publication, they kept the story secreteven from most of their New Yorker colleagues. When the magazine published Hiroshima in August 1946, it became an instant global sensation, and inspired pervasive horror about the hellish new threat that America had unleashed. Since 1945, no nuclear weapons have ever been deployed in war partly because Hersey alerted the world to their true, devastating impact. This knowledge has remained among the greatest deterrents to using them since the end of World War II. Released on the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, Fallout is an engrossing detective story, as well as an important piece of hidden history that shows how one heroic scoop savedand can still savethe world.
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coffees
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I had heard about #Hiroshima (book) in some of my peace studies but it wasn't something we ever read. We also never really got into how it fit into history, why it was so impactful, and everything it ushered into existence and this book does a really good job at doing all of this, and it's an esp imp read considering that #nuclearwar and distortions of the truth are big probs now. Memories are fading #nonfiction #netgalley #AugustARC @Clwojick

Clwojick You‘re doing fantastic! 11h
coffees @Clwojick thanks! I'm trying to ride this reading spree as much as I can bc when I slump i will be gone 😂 6h
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coffees
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Took a day's break from reading since I've been at it nonstop for a few days, started this really old #netgalley ARC, we had moments of silence at work for these two days, tbh, I'm silently conflicted with the narrative of #hiroshima and #nagasaki. I know it's tragic and horrific but it's always focused on the Japanese victims when there were many others who were forcefully in Japan and they are not remembered #nonfiction #augustARC @Clwojick

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GinaKButler
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Up next! I‘m using this for the SE Asia prompt of my memoir/non-fiction around the world challenge.
#bookspinbingo

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kspenmoll
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#Nonfiction2021 #somethingabouthistory #coffeeandbooks

Stole just 20 minutes to read this morning before work. If Only I could get myself up earlier....

Cinfhen ♥️ 2y
Suet624 you need some fruit in that bowl of cereal. :) 2y
kspenmoll @Suet624 And I had berries in the fridge! Have to think ahead; can‘t think in the morning. 🍓 2y
monkeygirlsmama That book sounds kinda good. Are you liking it so far? 2y
kspenmoll @monkeygirlsmama I am only reading the introduction right now but will be posting. 2y
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kspenmoll
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#nonfiction #bingo #somethingabouthistory

“..humans had finally the means with which to extinguish their entire civilization.”

@Cinfhen I am only on chapter 1 but will keep you posted.

Suet624 The New Yorker has always been a publication brave enough to report what others won‘t. Ronan Farrow finally was able to get his Weinstein story published there too. 2y
Cinfhen Thanks 😊 that quote is pretty terrifying 💔 2y
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kspenmoll
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#nonfiction #hiroshima #JohnHersey #atomicbomb
My husband gave this to me for Christmas. I read Hersey‘s Hiroshima ages ago. Excited to read this. Starting tonight.

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CallMeIshmael
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Everyone should read this and realize how important a free press is these United States of America. How someone can learn about this and utter the words fake news disgusts me

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kspenmoll
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#familybookhaul #Christmasmorning #readallday
#gratitude #thanksgiving #grateful #festivespirit
#lucky
All we got was rain, and no 60 + mph winds. So so grateful. Other parts of the state are out of power. I hope they get power back soon. Feeling lucky.

Our family book haul. My son & hubby have been learning German & Italian together. Hubby used to speak Italian- it‘s come back for him.They have fun learning together via an inline program.

Pageturner1 Merry Christmas 🎄 What a great bonding for your husband and son ❤️ 2y
Amiable What program are they using? I‘ve been trying to peck away at learning Swedish and German on the Duolingo app, but I‘d like something more substantial for German. 2y
Kdgordon88 Merry Christmas! 2y
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Crazeedi Looks like Santa was good to you. Merry Christmas my friend 🎄☃️🌠🎁💗 2y
Ncostell Merry Christmas 🎄 ! What a wonderful bounty of books underneath the tree! 2y
Crazeedi Your note made me cry...thank you for the kind words 2y
Avanders 😍😍 2y
kspenmoll @Crazeedi A little overboard this year but such fun! We also participated in Jolabokaflod, so we each gave and received 2 books. Now we are relaxing. Merry Christmas to you & your family. I hope you are enjoying all your baked goods! 2y
kspenmoll @Pageturner1 It really is! Merry Christmas! 2y
kspenmoll @Ncostell Merry Christmas to you & your family! We went a little crazy this year... 2y
kspenmoll @Kdgordon88 Merry Christmas to you too! 🎄🎉 2y
kspenmoll @Crazeedi All true my friend. 💚❤️ (edited) 2y
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CallMeIshmael
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My sister gets me

kspenmoll My husband gave me the same book tonight for our jolabokaflod celebration! 2y
Nute It‘s awesome when we are understood by our family members!😃 2y
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arubabookwoman
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Until Hiroshima appeared, “Most of the reporting...had to do with the power of the bomb & how much damage it had done to the city. In choosing to focus on individuals, Hersey was influenced by Thornton Wilder‘s Bridge of San Luis Rey, choosing the pov of victims as they came to their “moment of shared disaster.”

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arubabookwoman
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John Hersey‘s Hiroshima is one of the most important works of journalism, and has been read by millions worldwide. This is the backstory of how it came to be. Until it appeared in the New Yorker, the US had managed to hide the magnitude of what the bomb had done, as well as its implications for humanity. The work was revolutionary in focusing on the individual—“what happened not to buildings but to human beings.”

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Pedrocamacho
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This book is about an article written in 1946 that first introduced the world-at-large to the true devastation that had befallen the citizens of Hiroshima after the dropping of the atomic bomb. The US government and General McArthur, in particular, had imposed draconian censorship upon reporters attempting to tell the story. John Hershey‘s article had a tremendous impact as it focused on the human lives that had been destroyed by the bomb.

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katy4peas

Just heard about this one on NPR this morning. Sounds crazy interesting. How the media found out the truth about how the US bombed Hiroshima and the devastation it caused to citizens and the communities. The government would have covered up all of the destruction and total impact if not for the reporters revealing it to the American public. #americaneedsjournalists

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