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Tue Sep 22, 2020, 11:13 AM

"Fallout" by Lesley M.M. Blume

Cannot recommend this brief, yet powerful, book enough.

This details John Hersey’s account in The New Yorker of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, told through accounts from survivors, and how this put the lie to the propaganda the U.S. was putting out in terms of the devastation and nuclear war in general (dying from radiation poisoning was “pleasant,” for one example).

It took a great deal of courage for Hersey and The New Yorker to publish this article. Both felt a moral obligation to do so.

A must read.

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still_one Sep 2020 #2
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Response to AngryOldDem (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 11:16 AM

1. Wow, this does look fascinating:

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 century—the true effects of the atom bomb—potentially 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 worked—until 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 secret—even 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 saved—and can still save—the world.


https://www.amazon.com/Fallout-Hiroshima-Cover-up-Reporter-Revealed/dp/1982128518

Thanks for the recommendation.

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Response to Mike 03 (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 12:15 PM

4. It's fascinating on so many levels.

I heard about it in an NPR Fresh Air interview with Blume.


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Response to AngryOldDem (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 11:21 AM

2. Initially had to take a second look when I read the words "Cannot recommend".

Hopefully it will have an impact


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Response to still_one (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 12:13 PM

3. Awkward wording, sorry

This is one of the best books I’ve read this year.

I highly recommend this book....(should have said that in the first place )

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Response to AngryOldDem (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 12:48 PM

5. No problem. My first take three me off. Appreciate the recommendation. Will pick it up from

Amazon

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Response to AngryOldDem (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 10:43 PM

6. I just put a hold on it at the library.

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