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Picnicking at Hiroshima – “Hiroshima” – John Heresy

November 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Hiroshima, History, Japan, Journalism, Nuclear Weapons, The Media, WW2

From the Foreword: On August 31st, 1946, Hersey’s story was made public. For the first time in The New Yorker’s career an issue appeared which, within the familiar covers, bearing—for such covers are prepared long in advance—a picnic scene, carried no satire, no cartoons, no fiction, no verse or smart quips or shopping notes: nothing but its advertisement matter and Hersey’s 30,000-word story.

I had always wondered why there was a picnic scene of the cover of this piece. I had just assumed that it was a piece of high brow New Yorker cartoon irony that went over my head!

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