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The First Nuclear Attack and Its Complications The nuclear attack which Hiroshima suffered on behalf of the United States of America truly had an horrendous effect on the people of Hiroshima as well as the world Hiroshima is a novel which provides a very detailed account about the suffering of the people and devastation of the town caused by nuclear weaponry A whole town endured radiation poisoning massive cuts and burns along with the destruction of their homes and shelters In Hiroshima the author John Richard Hersey explores this major social issue effectively and truthfully by stating without bias the effects on the town of Hiroshima its people and the world caused by this nuclear attack The desolation of the town of Hiroshima after the atomic bombs detonation could be described as a demolition site Buildings had been ripped apart due to the massive power possessed by the bomb Trees and vegetation had become almost completely annihilated or contaminated to the point where digestion of them would lead to sure death Bicycles and streetcars were paused in mid motion after the bombing or had become pieces of scrap metal blown into the sides of stores This devastation was present over the entire town and the bomb had taken everything of importance and meaning with it By now he was accustomed to the terrible scene through which he walked on his way into the city the large rice field near the Novitiate streaked with brown the houses on the outskirts of the city standing but decrepit with broken windows and dishevelled tiles and then quite suddenly the beginning of the four square miles of reddish-brown scar where nearly everything had been buffeted down and burned range on range of collapsed city blocks Hersey 1946 pp 66
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