I read the Holt "description" of Last Train From Hiroshima for Amazon as really nothing more than an attempt by Holt to save its own butt and excuse its unpardonable cowardice in the face of being intimidated by a bunch of military yahoos who want to prevent any version of history which doesn't flatter their own opinions. Holt could have tracked down the sources of the lies, ad hominem attacks and other pressures brought on them by these self-appointed censors and would have found that every one of them was either a trivial exaggeration of some secondary matter or, in other cases, downright lies and planned character assassinations being stage-managed by a small group of misguided detractors. The detractors are of the same mindset and affiliations as were the self-appointed censors who forced Martin Harwitt, Director of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, to resign rather than revise history the way a few members of the Air Force preferred to have it told (they demanded he exclude pictures of the Japanese and the effects of the bombing of Hiroshima from an exhibit). That is not much different than what was done to Pellegrino and his attempt to give us an accurate picture of things from ground zero. That is what his detractors really want to silence. Intimidating the publishers into complying with censorship efforts is but one of the ways they have attempted to silence Dr. Pellegrino. There is no controversy about the book. The real controversy is in the way a few disgruntled individuals have elected to keep its content from being seen and weighed by the public.
Yes, there were a couple of errors found (one a sourcing error, which didn't disprove the point; just questioned the source). Indeed, the few passages that relied on the one questionable and unconfirmed account of a few military asides, might have been left out, or retracted in subsequent editions, as is normal with any book of substantial value in its remaining text and dominant thesis. Removing the entire work from public view is not an appropriate response to such problems. Pellegrino readily admitted his mistake and made a retraction. In any case, that point of contention was not the main point of the book, which is overwhelming devoted to a close, scientific and historical account of what the bombing looked like and did to those on the receiving end of an atom bomb. It is an insult to our culture that the book is not currently available to everyone, but instead has been "burned" to appease the appetites of a very few (non-historians) to have their way and leave the us in silence. There isn't a person in this country who isn't the poorer (and more ignorant of important information) by the Holt & Company decision or by the reluctance of other publishers to pick it up and put it back on our library shelves where it belongs.