Title: The Bombing of HiroshimaThe Bombing of Hiroshima
Author: John Malam
Pages: 31
Reading Level: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★★

Have you ever wondered about the history of the atomic bomb? Who was the first to discover the idea of atomic energy – and its power as a weapon?

The Bombing of Hiroshima gives a basic account of the development of the atomic bomb, from Einstein’s later-rued letter to FDR, through the testing at Los Alamos, defeat of Germany, and finally, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Included are lots of pictures of the important figures from WWII and of the bombs, bombing sites, and total devastation laid in the bombs’ wakes.

One thing I appreciated was the fact that Mr. Malam didn’t close out the book with the claim that the bombing of Japan was the brightest moment of our history – nor did he call it the worst. Instead, he admits that history has remained undecided, and that the principal actors in the drama were of varied but equally passionate views, from Truman who called it “the greatest thing in history” to Einstein who said, “I could burn my fingers that I wrote that first letter to Roosevelt.”

No undue violence.

Conclusion. A good basic introduction for readers.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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