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The Resource First into Nagasaki : the censored eyewitness dispatches on post-atomic Japan and its prisoners of war, George Wallace

First into Nagasaki : the censored eyewitness dispatches on post-atomic Japan and its prisoners of war, George Wallace

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First into Nagasaki : the censored eyewitness dispatches on post-atomic Japan and its prisoners of war
Title
First into Nagasaki
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the censored eyewitness dispatches on post-atomic Japan and its prisoners of war
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George Wallace
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Language
eng
Summary
"At the war's end in September 1945, under General MacArthur's media blackout, correspondents were forbidden to enter both Nagasaki and Hiroshima. But instead of obediently staying with the press corps in northern Japan, George Weller broke away. The intrepid newspaperman reached Nagasaki just weeks after the atomic bomb hit the city. Boldly presenting himself as a U.S. colonel to the Japanese military, Weller set out to explore the devastation." "As Nagasaki's first outside observer, long before any American medical aid arrived, Weller witnessed the bomb's effects and wrote "the anatomy of radiated man." He interviewed doctors trying to cure those dying mysteriously from "Disease X." He typed far into every night, sending his forbidden dispatches back to MacArthur's censors, assuming their importance would make them unstoppable. He was wrong: the U.S. government censored every word, and the dispatches vanished from history." "Weller also became the first to enter the nearby Allied POW camps. From hundreds of prisoners he gathered accounts of watching the atomic explosions bring an end to years of torture and merciless labor in Japanese mines. Their dramatic testimonies sum up one of the least-known chapters of the war - but those stories, too, were silenced." "It is a powerful experience, more than 60 years later, to walk with Weller through the smoldering ruins of Nagasaki, or hear the sagas of prisoners who have just learned that their torment is over, and watch one of the era's most battle-experienced reporters trying to accurately and unsentimentally convey to the American people scenes unlike anything he - or anyone else - knew. Weller died in 2002, believing it all lost forever. Months later, his son found a fragile copy in a crate of moldy papers. This historic body of work has never been published."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Weller covered World War II across Europe, Africa, and Asia. At war's end, correspondents were forbidden to enter Nagasaki and Hiroshima, but Weller, presenting himself as a U.S. colonel, set out to explore the devastation. As Nagasaki's first outside observer, he witnessed the bomb's effects. He interviewed doctors trying to cure those dying mysteriously from "Disease X." He sent his forbidden dispatches back to MacArthur's censors, assuming their importance would make them unstoppable. He was wrong: the U.S. government censored every word, and the dispatches vanished from history. Weller also became the first to enter nearby POW camps. He gathered accounts from hundreds of Allied prisoners--but those too were silenced. Weller died in 2002, believing it all lost forever. Months later, his son found a fragile copy in a crate of moldy papers. This historic body of work has never been published.--From publisher description
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189363
Cataloging source
Nz
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1907-2002
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Weller, George
Dewey number
940.5425
Illustrations
  • maps
  • illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1957-
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  • Weller, Anthony
  • Cronkite, Walter
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True
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  • Prisoners of war
  • Prisoners of war
  • Nagasaki-shi (Japan)
Target audience
adult
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the censored eyewitness dispatches on post-atomic Japan and its prisoners of war
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First into Nagasaki : the censored eyewitness dispatches on post-atomic Japan and its prisoners of war, George Wallace
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Control code
000040160522
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 320 p.
Isbn
9780307342010
Other physical details
ill., map
Label
First into Nagasaki : the censored eyewitness dispatches on post-atomic Japan and its prisoners of war, George Wallace
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Control code
000040160522
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 320 p.
Isbn
9780307342010
Other physical details
ill., map

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