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Hiroshima Lesson Plan

Introduction to Hiroshima

Hiroshima is a non-fiction book about six survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima. It follows their experience of the explosion, their immediate survival, and follows up with them thirty years on. The first four chapters were originally published in The New Yorker in 1946 (the entire issue dedicated to the story), and the fifth in 1985, following up with them nearly thirty years after Hersey first interviewed them. It is considered a founding text of the New Journalism movement, which uses fiction techniques in non-fiction reporting.

Key Aspects of Hiroshima


The tone of the book is sympathetic to its subjects, while keeping a cool and remote style in an attempt to be objective. Much...

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