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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"The suffering and death of American prisoners held by the Japanese during WWII fill what may be the most depressing audiobook yet published. George Weller, the first American reporter to enter Nagasaki after the atomic bomb exploded there, wrote reports of the terrible aftermath, including personal histories of captive American servicemen. Stefan Rudniki's deep, resonant voice aptly imitates the British accents and the accented English spoken by the Japanese. He sets apart the words of many soldiers expressed in brief paragraphs by making the narration sound more stilted than his own. Multiple narrators, however, would have better differentiated among the author's words, GIs' memories, the forward by Walter Cronkite, and long additions by the editor--the author's son. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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