“In a city of 245,000, nearly 100,000 had been killed or doomed at one blow; a 100,000 more were hurt.”
These haunting words, written by the journalist John Hersey in The New Yorker in August 1946, showed Americans the scale of what their country had unleashed on the population of Hiroshima the previous year.
However, the true horror exposed by Hersey’s reporting, which ran to 30,000 words and spanned an entire issue of the magazine, lay not in numbers but in a narrative which tracked the experiences of six atomic bomb survivors.
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