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Craig Collie
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4 April 2013
The events of a few days in August 1945 brought WWII to an end. They also destroyed the city of Nagasaki and killed 80,000 of its inhabitants, half of them instantly. Craig Collie is the first person to interview elderly survivors and descendants of the victims, and to stitch together their recollections with contemporary diaries and letters, and details from official documents. The result is a unique, unprecedented work of narrative reconstruction that follows ordinary Japanese in the hours after the blast to provide a gripping account of the decision-making, the denials, the devastation and the loss.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846274427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846274428
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 714,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A well-researched account of the mission, the men who carried it out, and the experience of the informative and moving chronicle." -- "Booklist"

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CRAIG COLLIE is a TV documentary maker, and the author of several books about Australian history.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written, thought-provoking book 10 Aug 2012
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This book recounts the bombing of Nagasaki by examining the actions and thoughts of politicians, military men and civilians who played both willing and unknowing parts in the events of August 1945.

For me, the book was very vivid and I found it difficult to read without frequent pauses for thought and reflection on the everyday actions of ordinary people caught up in war.

An excellent book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a very disappointing read 26 Aug 2013
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The author's obsession with trivia particularly in the initial chapters and constant repetition of the same but using different words made this book boring. His poor knowledge of the English language also contributed to its failure to generate interest. Reading became a chore. The reviews of this book that are printed on the back cover, the reasons why I bought this book, are not supported by the contents in the book.s

In a chapter regarding the decision process by the Americans whether to bomb the author writes in a manner that leads only to one conclusion and that is that the Americans are guilty of war crimes because they dropped the bomb despite knowing that the Japanese Government was seeking an end to the war.

Nothing of significance has been added by this author to what is already known about Nagasaki the before and after.
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I love history and this book did not disappoint. Very sad and shows the futility of war. Everyone should read about the plight of the innocent victims.
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5.0 out of 5 stars as above 7 April 2013
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A great read and should be on our National curriculum.rttkvt rtgorgtn grvnrg kgkrtnv rgtkrgtnv jrgrkgnv krgtn jrtng jg gjlrg jrgjrn
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Look at a Serious Subject 22 Sep 2012
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If I describe this as a slow read, I'm not trying to be dismissive, just accurate. The effort required for the average western reader to keep track of the wide variety of Japanese names means that one needs to go quite carefully to keep the different life stores in focus. But I found it worth the effort and was grateful to Clive Collie for bringing us up to date in the last chapters, rather than leaving us in 1945.

Despite the horror of the event nothing can change the fact that the two atomic bombs undoubtedly saved more lives than they cost. The intransigence of the Japanese government is well portrayed, and even if it did take the collapse of the Kwantung Army AS WELL AS the atomic bombs to stop the killing, they were still an awful necessity.

One minor thought is that the book's subtitle; 'The Massacre of the Innocent and the Unknowing', could equally be applied to the Chinese victims of the Japanese Rape of Nanking. Perhaps a book could be written of their suffering?
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