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75. 3 From Hiroshima by John Hersey

75 3. As Mrs. Nakamura stood watching her neighbor, everything flashed whiter than any white she had ever seen...She had taken a single step (the house was 1,350 yards, of three-quarters of a mile, from the center of the explosion) when something picked her up and she seemed to fly into the next room.....pursued by parts of her house.

The debris did not cover her deeply. She rose up and freed herself. She heard a child cry....As Mrs. Nakamura started frantically to claw hr way toward the baby, she could see or hear nothing of her other children....

)Dr. Terufumi Sasaki, the Red Cross Hospital surgeon)....was one step beyond an open window when the light of the bomb was reflected, like a gigantic photographic flash, in the corridor....Just then (the building was 1,650 yards from the center), the blast ripped through the hospital. The glasses he was wearing flew off his face....his Japanese slippers zipped out from under his feet-but otherwise, thanks to where he stood, he was untouched.

The hospital was in horrible confusion...windown had blown in and cut people, blood was spattered...many of the patients were running about screaming, many more lay dead....Dr. Sasaki found himself the only doctor in the hospital who was unhurt.

Dr. Sasaki, who believed that the enemy had hit only the building he was bandages and began to bind the wounds of those inside the hospital; while outside, all over Hiroshima, maimed and dying citizens turned their unsteady steps toward the Red Cross Hospital....

Mr. Tanimoto saw an astonishing much of Hiroshima as he could see through the clouded air was giving off a thick, dreadful miasma (poisonous fog)...

He had thought of his wife and baby, his church, his home, his parishioners, all of them down in that awful murk. Once more he began to run in fear-toward the city.


3. When President Truman decided to use the atomic bomb against the Japanese, no one knew exactly what the effects would be. Knowing what we know now, do you think the atomic bomb should ever be used again? Why or why not?

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Knowing the devastation caused by these bombs I would hope they would never be used again. They caused untold deaths before and after, through radiation, the blasts. Unfortunately the world has since produced bombs many times the strength of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even one of these bombs being dropped or sent would have far reaching global effects.