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Japanese Authors: Journal d'Hiroshima (6 août - 30 septembre 1945)

Original Title: Hiroshima Diary: the journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945
Author: Michihiko Hachiya
Translation by Warner Wells, M.D C
French Title: Journal d'Hiroshima (6 août - 30 septembre 1945)
Publisher in France: Editions Tallandier. 2011
My ref: ATA-317


About the Book: Racontée par un témoin survivant, l’explosion de la première bombe nucléaire prend effectivement toute son ampleur et tout son sens. Le docteur Hachiya écrit, au jour le jour, dans un style dépouillé et d’une poignante humanité, ce qui s’est passé dans la ville entre le matin tragique du 6 août 1945 et l’arrivée des troupes d’occupation américaines. Document vécu d’une valeur inestimable puisque l’auteur, grièvement blessé par la bombe, nous apporte le double témoignage d’une victime, et d’un médecin, occupé malgré ses blessures à soigner ses compatriotes, et à lutter contre les maladies provoquées par les radiations atomiques.

« C’est une chose de jeter un regard au fond de l’enfer, et une autre d’entendre la voix d’un damné vous en faire la description jour après jour », a écrit à propos de cet ouvrage un journal américain. On reste pétrifié d’horreur devant les scènes décrites au cours de ces pages. Mais ce journal n’est pas que cela. Par delà la description de l’explosion, de l’incendie, et du typhon qui les suivit, ce livre sobre atteint aux cimes de l’héroïsme, et nous montre une humanité reprenant conscience d’elle-même, après le cataclysme. Il est riche d’observations psychologiques et d’enseignements humains. Il réalise ce tour de force, après nous avoir conduits au coeur de l’épouvante, de nous avoir apaisé, consolé, réconcilié avec la vie. Il fallait un témoin d’une singulière qualité pour nous amener à des hauteurs où la foi et l’espérance retrouvent tous leurs droits.

La tragédie de Fukushima a ravivé le sujet du nucléaire dans les média et dans les consciences.

Reviews on this Book available under this link: http://www.amazon.fr/Journal-dHiroshima-ao%C3%BBt-30-septembre-1945/dp/284734828X

Recommended Readings:
  • Le Siècle de Sang, Les vingt guerres qui ont changé le monde
    http://www.yourvietbooks.com/2015/06/french-history-books-le-siecle-de-sang.html
  • Nuclearfiles.org Project of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation: on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    http://www.nuclearfiles.org/menu/key-issues/nuclear-weapons/history/pre-cold-war/hiroshima-nagasaki/index.htm
  • Academic Research by Brookings.edu : Predicting Proliferation: The History of the Future of Nuclear Weapons By Moeed Yusuf Fellow, Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future Boston University
    http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2009/1/nuclear-proliferation-yusuf/01_nuclear_proliferation_yusuf.pdf
  • WMD Awareness: http://www.wmdawareness.org.uk/the-facts/nuclear-weapons/
Nuclear facts
  • There are 16,400 nuclear weapons on Earth today, more than 20 years after the Cold War ended.
  • Five states are declared as nuclear weapon zones under the Non-Proliferation Treaty: US, UK, France, Russia and China. These countries are committed to disarmament under international law. It is illegal for any other country that has signed the NPT to develop these weapons.
  • Many other countries have been suspected of developing nuclear weapons including India, Pakistan, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria and Korea.
  • The US has nuclear weapons deployed across Europe for use by all NATO allies, including the UK.
  • Britain has one nuclear weapon system, Trident. Trident replaced Polaris in the 1980s and consists of four submarines, each one capable of carrying 16 missiles. Each warhead on the missiles can be guided to a separate target.
  • The only nuclear bombs ever to be used were by the US against Japan. In 1945 nuclear bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing and injuring hundreds of thousands of people. Today Hiroshima’s peace park attracts visitors from across the world.
  • Trident is more than 1,000 times powerful than the bomb that hit Hiroshima. Each warhead’s destructive power is measured in kilotons (kts). A kiloton is equal to 1,000 tons of TNT. The Hiroshima bomb was 16kts. Trident is far more deadly – each warhead is up to 100kts and there are 160 of them. That’s 16,000kts.

Key issues of the Nuclear Age:

You will find in the Key Issues section an overview of Important nuclear issues divided into five main areas that are listed below. Each of these five subsections contains articles, historical information, primary documents, and analyses of the particular topic.

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