by John Hersey


On August 6, 1945, the world entered the atomic age when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. This event has forever changed the nature of the world, of humanity and the way in which wars may be waged. Humanity's capacity to destroy itself was made real on that day.

The book Hiroshima is a non-fictitious account of the lives of six of the survivors of the blast on that August day. Just as the world was forever changed, the lives of these six people were also fundamentally altered.

The following are helpful sites that may add to your study of this book.

Historical Documents

Primary Sources

Historical Films

Great Links and Info

Survivor of Both Bombs

A Former Student's Study

US Citizens Exposed to Radiation at Home

More Citizens Exposed to Radiation 

Manzanar Relocation/Concentration Camp
(a pictorial tour after 56 years)


NPR Obama visits Hiroshima   NPR 2

Research Paper & Debate

Resolve: Was the United States justified in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in August 1945?

Examine this topic and write a research paper. Follow the MLA style as adopted by this school.


The Hiroshima dome is a reminder to the world of the devastating power that atomic weapons possess.

Car engine melted by bomb.

Washers melted by bomb.