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What was the purpose of the banning of the book Hiroshima by John Hersey?I think it was...

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kayla1996 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted January 30, 2013 at 9:21 PM via web

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What was the purpose of the banning of the book Hiroshima by John Hersey?

I think it was because some people might regret the bombing of Japan after reading it, but I'm not quite sure.

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 1, 2013 at 10:39 PM (Answer #1)

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The banning of John Hersey's book Hiroshima was a result of the controversy over the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan.  With the enormous destruction and the numbers of people killed or sick with radiation sickness, the decision to drop the first bomb and then a second bomb on Nagasaki created a moral outcry from the beginning. Though the majority of American soldiers were glad the bomb was dropped because the cost of an invasion of Japan would be countless lives lost, the civilian population saw the atomic bomb as evil or at least immoral.  When the book appeared and the details revealed, the controversy was renewed, and the book banned for a time.  Eventually the book was again published and the debate continued, but without the book ban.

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