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Hiroshima Summary
John Hersey

Everything you need to understand or teach Hiroshima by John Hersey.

  • Hiroshima Summary & Study Guide
  • 6 Student Essay
  • 1 Encyclopedia Article
  • 11 Literature Criticism
  • ...and more
  • 30 Hiroshima Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
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Hiroshima Summary

Plot Summary

On August 6, 1945, at 8:15 AM local time, an atomic bomb detonated over the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Estimates suggest that over 100,000 people died, tens of thousands were never recovered. Roughly ¾ of the people died within hours, most of the remainder within days or weeks. Approximately 40,000 people were injured. Nearly 80% of the city's 90,000 houses were destroyed; the heat at the point of explosion was estimated to be 6,000 C. The explosion was followed by a second atomic detonation at Nagasaki, Japan. Together, they effectively ended World War II.

The book considers the lives of six individuals and is set against the wider backdrop of the aftermath of the explosion. As originally published in 1946, the book contained four chapters. Chapter 1 related the events occurring at the moment of detonation. Chapter 2 considered the day of the explosion. Chapter 3 considered the following week. Chapter 4 discussed the following months. In 1985, the book was republished with...

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Study Pack

The Hiroshima Study Pack contains about 183 pages of study material in 25 products, including:

Hiroshima Study Guide

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Hiroshima Lesson Plans contain 131 pages of teaching material, including:

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