Nagasaki: The Massacre of the Innocent and Unknowing

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Using contemporary diaries and letters, mainly translated from Japanese, we follow a group of Nagasaki residents from the early morning of the day of the bombing of Hiroshima to midnight on the day of the second bombing in Nagasaki

In a compelling narrative based on eyewitness accounts, contemporary diaries, letters, and interviews, Craig Collie collects the stories of the many levels of devastation suffered on that fateful day in Nagasaki. The war was coming to an end at last. The people of Nagasaki knew this as they desperately tried to survive each day's shortages of food and warmth—ordinary people going about their lives as normally as they could manage. People like Nagai, the doctor who'd just been told he had leukemia; Father Tamaya, the Catholic priest who'd agreed to postpone a return to his rural parish; and Koichi, the tram driver. Because the bombing of Hiroshima had been so devastating and there was severe media censorship, they knew nothing of what had befallen that city except for unbelievable stories told by a few survivors who had just now arrived. Beyond Japan, forces they could never have imagined were mustering as the Americans prepared to drop their next atomic bomb on the armaments-manufacturing city of Kokura. Bad weather, however, sent the pilots and their terrible load to Nagasaki, where a group of 169 POWs were digging air-raid shelters and repairing bridges near what became the bomb's epicenter. And, above the heads of them all, the machinery of wartime politics stumbled on toward its catastrophic finale. This book comes as close as history will allow to being there when 80,000 people died as a result of the bomb, half of them instantaneously. The world had changed forever and the shock waves would ripple right up to the present day, as we continue to contemplate the terrible power of a nuclear future.

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Craig Collie is a television producer and director and the coauthor of The Path of Infinite Sorrow.

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If—from a vantage of seven decades of hindsight—one adheres to the view that the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima was unnecessary and morally unjustified, then it is likely that the follow-up devastation of Nagasaki appears even more savage. Collie leans in that direction, but, fortunately he doesn’t overbeat the drum of moral outrage. Instead, he has provided a well-researched account of the mission, the men who carried it out, and the experience of the victims. He effectively uses interviews, letters, and diaries that humanize the participants and stir emotions. There is plenty of technical information here, but it doesn’t detract from the sense of doom and tragedy. Nagasaki was the secondary target, selected when cloud-cover obscured the primary target, Kokura. Although the Hiroshima mission was executed flawlessly, the Nagasaki mission was repeatedly plagued by mishaps that almost led to dumping the bomb in the Pacific. Given what is now known, that could have been a blessing for all concerned. For general readers unfamiliar with the often neglected second nuclear attack, Collie offers an informative and moving chronicle. --Jay Freeman

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