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Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima
Stephen Walker
368 pages
August 2005
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Shockwave: Countdown To Hiroshima by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stephen Walker is an amazing look at the development of the atomic bomb and its use to annihilate over 100,000 Japanese people. Through the eyes of American servicemen, Japanese soldiers, civilians, politicians, and scientists involved in the Manhattan Project, you get a complete look at what was going on in Japan and in the United States at that revolutionary time. Comparisons will inevitably be made to John Hershey’s classic Hiroshima, but that shouldn’t (and won’t) take away from the vast work Stephen Walker put into this book. From the introduction:

“My journey has encompassed moments whose meanings I will always struggle to comprehend. I have been shocked, disturbed, thrilled, appalled, entranced, amazed, and deeply moved. In listening to peoples stories, and in the many accounts I also read, I found myself struck again and again by the confluence of events: the revelation of experiencing the same episode from so many different points of view.”
In reading this book, I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. You most surely will be shocked, disturbed, thrilled, appalled, entranced, amazed, and deeply moved. By getting a firsthand look into the minds of those involved you really get to feel the fears and doubts those people had. The especially harrowing tale of Toshiaki Tanaka, a soldier in Hiroshima, is one that will make just about anyone cringe.

Overall, this is a riveting, multiple-point-of-view look at the atomic bomb from its its first test to its lasting and devastating effects.

© 2005 by Bobby Blades for

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