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Author: George Weller Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781483050577
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On September 6, 1945, less than a month after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, George Weller, a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, became the first free Westerner to enter the devastated city. Going into hospitals and consulting doctors of the bomb’s victims, he was the first to document its unprecedented medical effects. He also became the first to enter the Allied POW camps, which rivaled Nazi camps for cruelty and bested them for death count. Among the prisoners’ untold stories was of their voyage to imprisonment in Japan on “hellships” that transported them so inhumanely that one third of them died in transit.

Heavily censored by General MacArthur, most of these dispatches were never published and believed lost—until now. This historic body of work is a stirring reminder of the courage of rogue reporting that ferrets out the truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rudnicki reads…with a quiet authority…His reading gives a punch and immediacy to Weller’s solidly constructed first-person reports on the horrors of war. The result forcefully documents a superb war correspondent’s eyewitness testimony.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Weller’s dispatches from Nagasaki are riveting even at this late date…a welcome addition to the historical record.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Award-winning narrator Rudnicki provides a low-keyed, semi-voiced performance, allowing the text to speak for itself.”


  • “As the number of nations capable of producing nuclear weapons appears to be growing, this gruesome glimpse at the results of nuclear war is timely and important.”


  • Winner of the Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/1/2013

    " Grabbed me from the first page and I was unable to put it down until I finished. Anthony Weller did a wonderful job compiling his father's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 5/24/2012

    " A must read, especially given that we are currently waging a war where serious questions are being asked about detainee treatment - and no answers are being given to us by the goverment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 11/21/2008

    " Not bad, got this for Christmas a few years ago from my brother. "

About the Author

George Weller, a graduate of Harvard, wrote for the New York Times but made his name covering World War II for the Chicago Daily News. He won many honors as a foreign correspondent, including a 1943 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on soldiers returning from the frontlines. He continued as a foreign correspondent until his death in 2002.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.