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

By George Weller
Edited and with an essay by Anthony Weller
Foreword by Walter Cronkite
Read by  Stefan Rudnicki

11.65 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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On September 6, 1945, less than a month after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, George Weller, a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, became the first free Westerner to enter the devastated city. Going into hospitals and consulting doctors of the bomb’s victims, he was the first to document its unprecedented medical effects. He also became the first to enter the Allied POW camps, which rivaled Nazi camps for cruelty and bested them for death count. Among the prisoners’ untold stories was of their voyage to imprisonment in Japan on “hellships” that transported them so inhumanely that one third of them died in transit. Heavily censored by General MacArthur, most of these dispatches were never published and believed lost—until now. This historic body of work is a stirring reminder of the courage of rogue reporting that ferrets out the truth.

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Winner of the Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award

On September 6, 1945, less than a month after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, George Weller, a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, became the first free Westerner to enter the devastated city. Going into hospitals and consulting doctors of the bomb’s victims, he was the first to document its unprecedented medical effects. He also became the first to enter the Allied POW camps, which rivaled Nazi camps for cruelty and bested them for death count. Among the prisoners’ untold stories was of their voyage to imprisonment in Japan on “hellships” that transported them so inhumanely that one third of them died in transit.

Heavily censored by General MacArthur, most of these dispatches were never published and believed lost—until now. This historic body of work is a stirring reminder of the courage of rogue reporting that ferrets out the truth.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Rudnicki reads…with a quiet authority…His reading gives a punch and immediacy to Weller’s solidly constructed first-person reports on the horrors of war. The result forcefully documents a superb war correspondent’s eyewitness testimony.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Weller’s dispatches from Nagasaki are riveting even at this late date…a welcome addition to the historical record.” Publishers Weekly
“Award-winning narrator Rudnicki provides a low-keyed, semi-voiced performance, allowing the text to speak for itself.” Kliatt
“As the number of nations capable of producing nuclear weapons appears to be growing, this gruesome glimpse at the results of nuclear war is timely and important.” Booklist

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Reviews

by Tamim 9/13/2017
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The untold stories of Nagasaki

Stefan Rudnicki's narration brings such a powerful presence to this book. First hand accounts and eyewitness stories of the destruction of Nagasaki. A journalists fight to tell the truth that was stifled and then lost for many years. A must have in your audiobook collection!

Author

Author Bio: George Weller

George Weller, a graduate of Harvard, wrote for the New York Times but made his name covering World War II for the Chicago Daily News. He won many honors as a foreign correspondent, including a 1943 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on soldiers returning from the frontlines. He continued as a foreign correspondent until his death in 2002.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 11.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English