I first read John Hershey’s 1946 publication Hiroshima for a history of Japan course I took during undergrad. Much like Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl, Hershey’s book documents and describes raw human suffering in a way that you can’t shake. It just stays with you.
I used* to be an avid reader of comic books and have really enjoyed the Barefoot Gen series, Grave of the Fireflies, and Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths. But I’m really looking forward to the new book Atomic Cover-Up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and the Greatest Movie Never Made after coming across this video.
*Iowa City Public Library hands-down has the best comic book selection of any public library I’ve joined.