Lesley Blume’s Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World

Source: Antiwar.com
by Lawrence Wittner

“[John] Hersey had concluded that the mass media had missed the real story of the Hiroshima bombing. And the result was that the American people were becoming accustomed to the idea of a nuclear future, with the atomic bomb as an acceptable weapon of war. Appalled by what he had seen in the Second World War — from the firebombing of cities to the Nazi concentration camps — Hersey was horrified by what he called ‘the depravity of man,’ which, he felt, rested upon the dehumanization of others. Against this backdrop, Hersey and [New Yorker deputy editor William] Shawn concluded that he should try to enter Japan and report on what had really happened there.” (06/03/21)