Mr. Straight Arrow

Mr. Straight Arrow The Career of John Hersey, Author of Hiroshima

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Few are the books with as immediate an impact and as enduring a legacy as John Hersey's 'Hiroshima'. First published as an entire issue of 'The New Yorker' in 1946, it was serialized in newspapers the world over and has never gone out of print. By conveying plainly the experiences of six survivors of the 1945 atomic bombing and its aftermath, Hersey brought to light the magnitude of nuclear war. And in his adoption of novelistic techniques, he prefigured the conventions of New Journalism. But how did Hersey - who was not Japanese, not an eyewitness, not a scientist - come to be the first person to communicate the experience to a global audience? This book answers that question and shows that 'Hiroshima' was not an aberration but was emblematic of the author's lifework.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781250251244
Publisher: Picador
Imprint: Picador
Pub date:
DEWEY: 813.52
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 449g
Height: 210mm
Width: 137mm
Spine width: 31mm