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NAGASAKI, by Susan Southard (Viking). Through the stories of five survivors, or hibakusha, from Nagasaki, Southard presents a poignant and complex picture of the second atomic bomb’s enduring physical and psychological tolls. Eyewitness accounts are visceral and haunting: the heat was “like a slow execution” within a “monochromatic soundless hell.” But the book’s biggest achievement is its treatment of the aftershocks in the decades since 1945. Particularly...

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