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First into Nagasaki

The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of War

by George Weller Author · Anthony Weller Contributor


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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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Blackstone Publishing
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
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George Weller (Author)

George Weller, a graduate of Harvard, wrote for the New York Times but made his name covering World War II for the Chicago Daily News. He won many honors as a foreign correspondent, including a 1943 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on soldiers returni...

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Walter Cronkite (Author of introduction, etc.)

Walter Cronkite (1916–2009), narrator of the United States Constitution series, was called the most trusted man in America. That trust stemmed from his leadership position in American journalism for more than forty years.

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Anthony Weller (Editor)

Anthony Weller, George Weller's son, is the author of three novels and a memoir.

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Anthony Weller (Contributor)

Anthony Weller, George Weller's son, is the author of three novels and a memoir.

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Author :
George Weller
Narrator :
Stefan Rudnicki
Author of introduction, etc. :
Walter Cronkite
Editor :
Anthony Weller
Contributor :
Anthony Weller
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