Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War
by Susan Southard - £20.00 Souvenir Press Ltd (2015)
ISBN 13: 9780285643277 | ISBN 10: 0285643274
"Politicians debating the nuclear deal with Iran would do well to spend some time with Southard’s ‘Nagasaki’. It does not tell us what to do. It only reminds us of the stakes."
On August 9th, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
It killed a third of the population instantly, and the survivors, or hibakusha
, would be affected by the life-altering medical conditions caused by the radiation for the rest of their lives. They were also marked with the stigma of their exposure to radiation, and fears of the consequences for their children.
Nagasaki follows the previously unknown stories of five survivors and their families, from 1945 to the present day. It captures the full range of pain, fear, bravery and compassion unleashed by the destruction of a city.
Susan Southard has interviewed the hibakusha
over many years and her intimate portraits of their lives show the consequences of nuclear war. Nagasaki
tells the neglected story of life after nuclear war and will help shape public debate over one of the most controversial wartime acts in history.
Published for the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, this is the first study to be based on eye-witness accounts of Nagasaki in the style of John Hersey’s Hiroshima
(Price & availability last checked: October 2015)