First Into Nagasaki: The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of War

First Into Nagasaki The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of War Lost for than half a century Pulitzer Prize winning journalist George Weller s legendary dispatches from post atomic bomb Nagasaki were discovered after his death by his son Anthony Weller Here thi

  • Title: First Into Nagasaki: The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of War
  • Author: George Weller Anthony Weller
  • ISBN: 9780307342027
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lost for than half a century, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist George Weller s legendary dispatches from post atomic bomb Nagasaki were discovered after his death by his son, Anthony Weller Here, this historic body of work is published for the first time.

    Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Part of the Pacific War of World War II Atomic bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima left and Nagasaki right Nagasaki Nagasaki is a Japanese port city that was founded by the Portuguese in the late th century A small fishing village set in a secluded harbor, Nagasaki had little historical significance until contact with Portuguese explorers in An early visitor was Ferno Mendes Pinto, who came from Sagres on a Portuguese ship which landed nearby in Tanegashima. Hiroshima and Nagasaki Death Toll UCLA AASC The mortality was greater in Hiroshima because the city was located in a flat delta, in contrast to Nagaski s Urakami Valley The Nagasaki Urakami is enclosed by mountain ridges that shielded the city. PHOTOGRAPHS OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI GENSUIKIN The Huge Atomic Cloud The Mushroom Cloud Blowing Up The atomic cloud mushroom cloud produced just after the burst is one of the most intensive characteristics of the A bomb explosion. The Hiroshima bomb AtomicBombMuseum The Bombings The Nagasaki bomb Nicknamed Fat Man for England s Prime Minister Winston Churchill , this bomb had a core of plutonium , was . meters in length by . meters in diameter, and it weighed . tons. Nagasaki Japan Britannica Nagasaki was Japan s second oldest port open to foreign trade after Hirado.It was the only Japanese port permitted by the Tokugawa shogunate military government between and when all other ports were closed Portuguese traders who introduced Roman Catholicism and guns to Japan first arrived there in the mid th century. Atomic Bomb Secrets Texe Marrs A ground breaking detail I learned from Dionisi is the A bomb s role in Korea s division into North and South I ve discussed the artificial justification for this division elsewhere, but Dionisi elaborates that Japanese scientists were developing their own atomic bomb. Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki HISTORY Dec , On August , , during World War II , an American B bomber dropped the world s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city A Song for Nagasaki The Story of Takashi Oct , A Song for Nagasaki The Story of Takashi Nagai Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb Paperback October , Hiroshima Nagasaki Atom Bombs The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Since , when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the forces of the United States and her allies had been at war with Japan.

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    1. This was incredible to read. I love history but all too often in history classes or shows you learn about key dates and events rather than the in-depth detail on a subject. Going into this book, I knew nothing about what the first experiences were like going into Nagasaki after the bomb was dropped or about MacArthur's complete media lockdown. There is nothing enjoyable about this book and the stories it relates, and yet the amount of history you learn about various subjects that have gone 'forg [...]


    2. This book was a complete surprise to me. I thought it would be the straight facts I already knew and fairly dry as written by a reporter as opposed to what we call a "journalist".I was wrong. Not only fascinating and horrific but the political manipulation of public relations and the press and data and information was chilling. So much was kept from the public to cast a more favorable light on our decisions and to make sure we looked moral and to play down the horror of the bomb One wonders toda [...]


    3. I don't use the term 'important' often to describe a book but I would consider this an important book. If only for the vivid descriptions of the seldom-described post-Nagasaki Japan and the POW mining camps in Japan. The ghost ships have been written about a fair amount lately, sometimes as a corollary to Bataan or Cabanatuan, but I suspect you'd have a hard time finding a more detailed description of the Japanese POW camps than in this work. It's emotionally troubling. I'd read Nicholson Baker' [...]


    4. This book is a MUST read for WW11 interested readers. George Weller, the author and a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, puts together an outstanding report as a 'first person' into ravaged Japan right after the bombardment of Nagasaki and the savage treatment of the POWs.The more I got into this book the more I like the reportings George Weller was able to put together- especially since he wasn't suppose to be cleared to get into Nagasaki. He wormed his way in and got first hand information from [...]


    5. The book presents the literary version of the "if a tree falls in a forest" conundrum. Specifically, what is the literary value of news dispatches published 60 years late? In September of 1945, one week from the Japanese surrender and a bit less than a month out from the detonation of "Fat Man," Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent George Weller impersonates a colonel and sneaks into Nagasaki in defiance of Douglas MacArthur's general ban. Yet Weller nonetheless sends his daily dispatches th [...]


    6. George Weller was the first Western journalist to go to Nagasaki, only a month after the atomic bomb was dropped and the war in the Pacific ended. This book is a collection of pieces he did based on that visit, and his time spent with American and British soldiers previously held in Japanese prison camps. Weller was a correspondent for an American paper, but though the war was over, news articles from Japan were still censored; none of Weller's copy, sent faithfully back to Tokyo, was ever relea [...]


    7. This book was very interesting. It dealt with many aspects of WWII I was not very familiar with. The beginning relates the author's first-hand account of interviews with post-atomic Nagasaki residents and doctors. However, the majority of the book deals with first-hand accounts from soldiers encarcerated in Japanese POW camps. Those accounts; heart breaking, horrifying, and captivating; opened my eyes and caused me to appreciate the war in the Pacific more than I ever would have otherwise. The t [...]


    8. I really didn't understand how the bomb worked and how its effect worked afterwards on the victims. But this reporting goes further than that, though censored almost entirely by MacArthur even after his authority to do so had expired.Weller covers the slave labor of POWs in Bataan, the horrifying hellship journeys,the refusal of American authorities to allow reports of what was really going on to reach the American public. In the immediate aftermath of the war it seemed everyone just wanted to f [...]


    9. There is some phenomenal information in this book, but sometimes research materials should be left as research materials and this is one such time. I appreciate Anthony Weller’s efforts to transcribe and edit his father’s dispatches and notes, which absolutely provide a valuable look at the experiences of Nagasaki and POWs in Japan. However, rather than transcribe them and make them available in their original form, he edited them in ways that seem purposefully vague when he mentions it (whi [...]


    10. The story of the book itself is captivating enough so the little known and even less talked about historical events that the book covers are most certainly worth experiencing through the eyes of this singular reporter dedicated to his craft. The downsides of the book - inaccuracy of the title and repetitiveness of the narrative or insufficient editing - are certainly something to keep in mind but not worth passing up the book over unless you are already very well versed in the events immediately [...]


    11. It would be hard to say I liked this book based on its subject matter. I found it depressing and disheartening. My complaint being people will never learn, never stop being horrible to one another, and are terribly deceitful.The book provides a good first hand account of WWII Japan. Not an easy read by any stretch. I also struggled a bit with the way the book is edited. Somehow, the material needed a better editor.


    12. A notable and remarkable book. George Weller was the first correspondent into Nagasaki after the bomb was dropped. The book includes first-hand reports brutal POW camps, a saga of the worst of the Japanese “hellships” which carried U.S. prisoners. Weller provides a moving, unparalleled look at the bomb that killed more than 70,000 people and ended WWII. Recommended.


    13. The key here is the subtitle of the book: "The censored eyewitness dispatches on post-atomic Japan and its prisoners of war." The book is not just about Nagaski. It covers a variety of themes:1. Extreme censorship by MacArthur of information relating to what had happened in Japan due to the atomic bombs.2. Extreme control by MacArthur who basically shut down parts of Japan to reporters.3. Absolutely terrible stories of what happened to prisoners-of-war under Japanese control.4. How many Japanese [...]


    14. What a book. I spent five weeks on it, but not because it's a slog. I do a lot of reading in bed after the lights are out, which works great for ebooks but not so well for paper editions, which is what my copy of First into Nagasaki was. Nonetheless, there is a lot of material between the covers of this book.It's hard to read any history of war and not come away feeling sad and depressed about the way people are capable of treating their fellow humans. First into Nagasaki is no different. It's b [...]


    15. SURPRISED DEATH TOLL IN NAGASAKI WAS 60-80 THOUSAND WHILE FIRE BOMBINGS OF TOKYO WAS 100,000It always was obvious to me that Hiroshima was talked about, written about and debated while the "other" bomb was only mentioned many times in same sentence as the Hiroshima. So I've always been curious and therefore asked many questions about Nagasaki, that bomb and the whys and wherefore of that specific incident.This book surprised me in that it focused more on Douglas McArthur's desire to paint his ow [...]


    16. George Weller was an American reporter who snuck into Nagasaki a month after the bomb was dropped. He wrote what he saw in the town, the hospital and the surround POW camps. His reports never saw the light of day. General MacArthur and his censors thought it would be better if the American public didn't know what they were up too. More than 60 years later, his son, found his original carbon copies in a trunk and finally published theme.Why I picked it up: I read Unbroken: A World War II Story of [...]


    17. While the title implies it is about the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and does contain much material about that and the immediate after effects, it is mostly a chronicle of the inhumane, sadistic, and barbaric treatment of POWs by the Japanese. This is described in horrid detail by personal narratives from prisoners he encountered along the way. Having read a lot about WWII, it is amazing to me that so little is known about this treatment by the Japanese, compared to Nazi POW camps. Almost never m [...]


    18. Interesting accounts. Much more than a discussion of Nagasaki or "the bomb." Includes a lot of material from the recent POW's he found in the area surrounding Nagasaki. It's largely a contemporary narrative, which was censored during the war for a lot of reasons. It's interesting to guess at the author's judgement on the use of the atomic bomb. That question shows the author's restraint in his prose, so as not to try and bias the reader. It lacks depth. That's because the original source materia [...]


    19. This is a book about military censorship. MacArthur and the US government did not want any reportage of any lingering or long-term radiation affects of the bomb. That is why Weller's dispatches were suppressed. Interestingly, Hiroshima was much more destructive because its topography was flat, whereas Nagasaki's was much more hilly. But Nagasaki reportage was just 20% or so of the book. Most of the book was about his reports of the Japanese POW camps, and the atrocities done there. I was most im [...]


    20. An odd collection of writings of a famous WWII war reporter, cobbled together largely from dispatches surrounding a Nagasaki visit after the bombing. The flow is choppy, but quite readable. The content is riveting. There is the obligatory description of the horrors of the nuke's aftermath, but this is given context through the extensive reporting of prison camp atrocities and the Death Cruise. The stories of suffering were repetitive and troubling, but a thoughtful read of this is the least homa [...]


    21. This book will never be forgotten by me. This is one of the most important books I've ever read. It details the American POWs in Japanese work camps, the death marchs, and sea voyages they suffered through. It also details the hospitals full of Japenese citizens suffering from "Disease X" after the Atomic bombs fell. But, for me, the most important thing is this story was never supposed to be told. George Weller snuck into these areas. He tried to get his accounts through the censors and General [...]


    22. An amazing book to read (or listen to - I would recommend listening). There are several books mixed into one here since the genesis is censored and then lost reports of George Weller from Japan after World War II. The immediacy of the war that comes from news reports is very different from even the best historical reports of the war. Emotions are raw and events just happened so there is no healing time or historical context. It was an important book for me to read since my only experience with t [...]


    23. A classic bit of reporting from World War II, the original dispatches of which were destroyed by General MacArthur's censors in Tokyo, George Weller snuck into Nagasaki in September, 1945 to record the bomb damage and aftermath and get eyewitness testimony to the second atomic bomb blast. Although later casualty reports were exaggerated, the real thing was horrible enough. The carbon copies of these dispatches were only discovered by Weller's son among his personal papers in 2005, and were never [...]


    24. Only a small part of the book covers the effects of the bomb on Nagasaki. But I would highly recommend it based on the POW stories that are told. I think a lot of the time people sum up the war with Japan by 3 events: bombing of pearl harbor, bombing of hiroshima, and bombing of nagasaki. There was so much more that went on that is not as well known. I think this is an importnat part of history as well. This book takes a lot of time to cover the POWs working in the coal mines and the death cruis [...]


    25. Dispatches from George Weller following the surender of Japan in World War II. He is the first westerner to enter Nagaski about a month after the bombing and there was still smoldering buildings at that time. The story really revolves around the censurship of MacArthur and theories why the government banned the publication of these accounts. Interesting information on how the US defends the atoimic bomb as a non-chemical weapon. Best stories relate to the ghost ship transfers of American POWs an [...]


    26. This is a terrific book composed of first person accounts by former POWs and others in Japan after WW2. As these are direct account they really give a sense for how the people felt. One thing I learned was that despite all the theories about how the A-bomb did not need to be used. Everyone then who was involved in the war wanted it ended soon and wanted to use every weapon possible if it meant fewer US soldiers getting killed.A great book for all WW2 history buffs.


    27. The title is a bit misleading--I was expecting more about Nagasaki. It ended up being about 25% about the bombing of Nagasaki and 75% about POWs in Japan. So if you're looking for info about the bombing, look elsewhere.However, the accounts of the POWs were absolutely worth reading. I never realized how terribly the Allied POWs were treated there. It gets a little graphic in parts--definitely an eye-opener.


    28. An incredible book, one I had difficulty putting down. It revealed to me a totally unknown aspect of the Second World War. So much has been written about the Nazi atrocities and so little about what happened to our POW's in Japan. The author was the first Westerner to enter Nagasaki after the atomic bomb and has first hand fascinating information and insights. A must read for anyone interested in history.


    29. My maternal grandfather went into Nagasaki with the US Navy at the time covered by these reports, so it was really meaningful for me. But even beyond that, the descriptions of conditions there are important to remember. The writing is good period journalism; it includes the common ethnic slurs of the time, but that's part of how things were. It also includes the story of two Americans who were left behind on Wake Island and hid out for months from the Japanese military there.


    30. I was really torn about this book. On one hand, it's a great historical document about events that occurred during WWII in the Pacific theater that were censored by MacArthur. It covers one of the most devastating events in history, the bomb attack on Nagasaki. On the other hand, it is very, very difficult to get through because it is incredibly dry. This book would be a great book to use for research but it's quite difficult to get through otherwise.


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