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Drawing on the voices of atomic bomb survivors and the new science of forensic archaeology, Charles Pellegrino describes the events and aftermath of two days in August 1945 when nuclear devices detonated over Japan changed life on Earth forever.

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Recently, there have been questions about the accuracy of some parts of this book. At this time, Tantor Media will continue to make it available to our customers, but we wanted to make you aware of the issues. Here is a statement from the hardcover publisher of the book, Henry Holt and Company:

"It is with deep regret that Henry Holt and Company announces that we will no longer print, correct or ship copies of Charles Pellegrino's The Last Train from Hiroshima due to the discovery of dishonest sources of information for the book. It is easy to understand how even the most diligent author could be duped by a source, but we also understand that this opens that book to very detailed scrutiny. The author of any work of non-fiction must stand behind its content. We must rely on our authors to answer questions that may arise as to the accuracy of their work and reliability of their sources. Unfortunately, Mr. Pellegrino was not able to answer the additional questions that have arisen about his book to our satisfaction."



The Last Train from Hiroshima offers listeners a stunning "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrino's scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb's survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written.

At the narrative's core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand—the Japanese civilians on the ground and the American fliers in the air. Thirty people are known to have fled Hiroshima for Nagasaki—where they arrived just in time to survive the second bomb. One of them, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, is the only person who experienced the full effects of the cataclysm at ground zero both times. The second time, the blast effects were diverted around the stairwell in which Yamaguchi had been standing, placing him and a few others in a shock cocoon that offered protection, while the entire building disappeared around them.

Pellegrino weaves spellbinding stories together within a narrative that challenges the "official report," showing exactly what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki—and why.

"The stories of the few Japanese survivors...are heart-stopping.... A wise, informed protest against any further use of these terrible weapons." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"This is gleaming, popular wartime history, John Hersey infused with Richard Preston and a fleck of Michael Crichton." ---New York Times

"Pellegrino…explicitly intends to renew our memories of the horrors of atomic war in the hope that future ones can be avoided." ---Library Journal

"Enormously painful to [hear], but absolutely essential to do so." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"Pellegrino's account of what it was actually like on the ground in both Hiroshima and Nagasak...is...powerful and detailed." ---The Washington Post
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The Last Train from Hiroshima

The Survivors Look Back

Author Charles Pellegrino

Narrated by Arthur Morey

Publication date Jan 29, 2010

Running time 13 hrs

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