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Influential Journalism – “Hiroshima” – John Heresy

November 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Hiroshima, History, Japan, Journalism, Nuclear Weapons, The Media, War, WW2

It created a first-order sensation in American journalistic history: a few hours after publication the issue was sold out. Applications poured in for permission to serialise the story in other American journals, among them the New York Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Chicago Sun, and Boston Globe. A condensed version—the cuts personally approved by Hersey—was broadcast in four instalments by the American Broadcasting Company. Sonic fifty newspapers in the U.S. eventually obtained permission to use the story in serial form, the copyright fees, after tax deduction, at Hersey’s direction going to the American Red Cross. Albert Einstein ordered a thousand copies of the New Yorker containing the story.

Wow. Albert Einstein ordered 1000 copies of what you’ve written? That’s something to tell the kids

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