Hiroshima: Book Report
ISSUES Briefly describe the issues that are dealt with in the book.
This book was vary informative to me. This book mainly talked about the
affects of nuclear weapons. On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the
first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. It speaks about how even if you did
survive the blast you were so badly injured that you would die soon anyway. It
talked about an incident where someone’s eye was melting and was oozing down his
face. It speaks about how houses were lifted of there foundation. After all the
research about the bomb was made, they reported that 78,150 people had been
killed, 13,983 were missing, and 37,425 had been injured. Even before the bomb,
the citizens of Hiroshima were waken almost every night because of false
warnings of intruder planes coming in the area. It talked about how a lot of
people had to go on living with only one leg or one arm. To me, it brought up a
good point, that all those innocent people had do die for nothing.
CHAPTER SUMMARY Briefly summarize each of the chapters: main ideas, narrative
The first chapter is called “A Noiseless Flash.” The title kind of
speaks for it self. That was exactly how the bomb was. No one saw anything or
heard anything but a flash. The first chapter speaks about how people are
wondering why they are alive, but their next door neighbors aren’t. It was
weird, there could be a house right in the middle of two houses; the one in the
middle survived the bomb but the other two did not. A whole neighborhood could
be wiped out except for a few houses. Why those houses did not get knocked down,
no one knows.
The second chapter is called “The Fire.” This chapter is about how the
explosion caused many fires. The fires were spread everywhere because of the
high winds. Many of the people were burned and buried in the smashed up bricks
and ashes. The ones that survived the bomb and fire, were seriously hurt. The
book pointed out an incident where someone’s eye was melting and oozing down his
The third chapter was called “Details Are Being Investigated.” In the
radio, it had been said that Hiroshima suffered of an attack by a few B-29. Many
people are being treated for their burns and injuries. Many have died and a lot
more at this time are missing. Everyone is still in shock after 2 days that the
The forth chapter is called “Panic Grass And Feverfew.” This chapter,
people are still being helped in the Red Cross Hospital by the help of a devoted
man named, Kiyoshi Tanimoto. Scientist have done some research and found out
that the radioactivity is 4.2 times worse than the average. They are also
finding permanent shadows on walls form people that just kind of “disappeared”
from the blast. They estimated that the explosion pressure was from 5.3 to 8.0
tons per square yard. They reported that 78,150 people had been killed, 13,983
were missing, and 37,425 had been injured.
The last chapter is called “The Aftermath.” This chapter speaks about
the people that were involved in this story and what finally happened to them.
Hatsuyo Nakamura, weak and destitute, began a courageous struggle, which would
last for many years, to keep her children and herself alive. In 1966, Nakamura,
having reached the age of fifty-five, retired from Suymam Chemical. She lived
the rest of her life happy.
Dr. Terufumi Sasaki did very well with the rest of his life. He opened
many hospitals and became very rich.
Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge became a great priest. He became very ill and
finally died because of the bomb’s radiation in November 19, 1977.
Toshiko Sasaki became a nun and gave a great speech to Mother General
France Delcourt in 1980. Sister Sasaki speech: “I shall not dwell on the past.
It is as if I had been given a spare life when I survived the A-bomb. But I
prefer not to look back. I shall keep moving forward.”
Dr. Masakazu Fujii tragically got gas poisoning that came from his gas
heater. After he got poisoned, he became a “vegetable” and died 10 years later.
Kiyoshi Tanimoto was a great man. When the bomb hit, he helped everyone
that was injured. When he got older, Tanimoto had made three speaking trips, in
the mainland States in 1979 and 1982, and in Hawaii in 1981. Kiyoshi Tanimoyo
was over seventy now. The average age of all hibakusha was sixty-two. As you
can see, Tanimoto was a true fighter.
EVALUATION Give your opinion of the book: also, recommend or not recommend
to a fellow student and explain recommendation.
I would highly recommend this book because it is very informative. I
think everyone knows about nuclear weapons, but they don’t know how harmful they
are. I didn’t know how harm full they are until I read this book. Even if you
don’t like to read, this would still be a good book for you because it is not