What is John Hersey's purpose in focusing on individual people rather than focusing on the entire city of Hiroshima?

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In Hiroshima, published first in the New Yorker in 1946 and shortly thereafter as a book, John Hershey told the stories of people affected by the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Hershey interwove the stories of six people who survived the bombing--a seamstress, a Catholic priest (who was German), a factory worker, two doctors, and a...

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