Thursday, October 1, 2015

Book Beginning: Hiroshima Nagasaki


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The world changed instantly and irrevocably on a clear Monday morning, August 6, 1945.

-- Hiroshima and Nagasaki: An Illustrated History, Anthology, and Guide by Magnus Bartlett and Robert O'Connor, published by Odyssey Books & Maps.

This "unique and eclectic book" is the "history, anthology, and guide" it promises to be. The authors offer a wealth of information on the twin cities, beginning with ancient Japan, through the WWII bombings, to a guide for modern visitors. It is packed with art reproductions, photos, illustrations, unusual graphics, maps, historical documents, essays, and quotes.


  1. Wow, what a beginning! It instantly draws you in :) makes you want to know the details x

  2. It seems like you are always reading such serious books. I want to see a trashy romance from you by the end of the year! Or something silly.

  3. I had a similar thought to Elizabeth B... I remember doing a school report on this back in the day. I think reading the book cover to cover must be heartbreaking!

  4. Hi Gilion,

    For those of us for whom this event is almost classified as recent history and who would have studied it in some detail at school, that one opening line, together with the cover image and title of the book, would be all we need to know!

    I hope that this is a book you are reading in small chunks, rather than treating it as a novel, to be read in a few sittings, otherwise is could become very emotional, almost to the point of causing depression I should think.

    Thanks for hosting and have a good weekend :)


  5. I couldn't read this straight through, but it would be intriguing.

  6. Sounds fascinating! I think I'd have to read this in little batches so I could stop and think about what I'd read.
    Thank you for hosting Book Beginnings!

  7. Quite intense, but educational.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  8. Very good beginning and very interesting book choice - sounds good

  9. My Dad had Hiroshima on the book shelf and I read it when I was about 10 or 11. No one knew I had taken it and I never told. It was a really graphic picture of what happened when the bomb was dropped. I am sure this one would have as great effect on me as that previous one.

  10. I used to love to read about history, but I read a lot of thrillers, horror and fantasy now.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  11. This is my first time joining in with this so I'm posting to say hello! I love the idea of this and I'm slowly reading through everyone's posts, my book wish list is growing as I go! My book beginnings is at

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  13. Excellent book, and if you ever get a chance to visit either city, do not turn it down. I've been away from blogging for nearly a year, and it looks like I picked a great weekend to come back.

  14. Oh wow. I bet that is an extremely interesting book.

  15. The book beginning and the cover both captivate me to this book. Thanks!
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews


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