AUTHORNagai, Takashi
TITLEThe Bells of Nagasaki
PUBLISHERKodansha International Ltd.
CITYNew York, NY

This first-hand account of a physician's experiences after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 was banned from publication in Japan by General Douglas MacArthur. Nagai relates his experience on the ground as “Little Boy” exploded over his city. He attended to the wounded though he suffered burns and radiation sickness. He describes the burn victims in graphic detail, and explains their medical treatments. His narration is objective and clinical; though the suffering is catastrophic, emotions remain somewhat restrained. One interesting section has Nagasaki’s best doctors discussing the atomic bomb. They speculate whether the bomb material was uranium or aluminum and on who led the project—Einstein, Bohr, Chadwick, or Lawrence.

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