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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (344 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Pellegrino Narrator: Arthur More Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Last Train from Hiroshima offers listeners a stunning “you are there” time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrino’s scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb’s survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written.

At the narrative’s core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand—the Japanese civilians on the ground and the American fliers in the air. Thirty people are known to have fled Hiroshima for Nagasaki—where they arrived just in time to survive the second bomb. One of them, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, is the only person who experienced the full effects of the cataclysm at ground zero both times. The second time, the blast effects were diverted around the stairwell in which Yamaguchi had been standing, placing him and a few others in a shock cocoon that offered protection, while the entire building disappeared around them.

Pellegrino weaves spellbinding stories together within a narrative that challenges the “official report,” showing exactly what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki—and why.

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  • “Pellegrino dissects the complex political and military strategies that went into the atomic detonations and the untold suffering heaped on countless Japanese civilians, weaving all of the book’s many elements into a wise, informed protest against any further use of these terrible weapons.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Scott | 2/17/2014

    " A powerful and moving recap of the horrors faced by those folks on the wrong end of our ABombs. The stories of the folks who were caught in both blasts are unbelievable. The final chapters outlining the fate of the survivors is grim. Hardly a happy story but I'm glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Arielle | 2/3/2014

    " A chilling moment to moment recount of what happened to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Countless interviews are woven together by Pellegrino into a heart-sinking story of humanity's darkest moments. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christine | 1/30/2014

    " It should have been a long article. It was a stretch of a book with the same info over and over. I was bored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathy | 1/30/2014

    " Excellent detail, moving stories, lots of names to keep track of but a list is provided. Very well done "

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