Hiroshima Essay, Research Paper

The bombing of Hiroshima is one of the most memorable events

In all of United States history. Because of this, many people

done research and written about it. One of these people is John


In his book, Hiroshima, Hersey examines the events and

aftermath of the atomic bomb as seen by residents of Hiroshima.

Hersey explores their reactions and events as they occurred and

the medical effects of the atomic bomb. He also brings up the

moral aspects of the bombing by posing the question “Was it

really necessary?”

Hersey’s style of writing about people, not just events

intrigued me. Because of his more personal style, I wanted to

read more about what was going on at the time. I have studied

the subject matter in the past and want to further my knowledge

by learning more about the time period, history, politics and

People. In writing my research paper, I hope to achieve this


The first part of my paper will contain background

information on what was going on at the time the bomb was

dropped. I will briefly describe the war and the different

options the United States had aside from the usage of the atomic

bomb. After doing so, the decision to use the atomic bomb, the

making of the atomic bomb and the Manhattan project will be

clearly defined. The paper will then discuss the events of the

day and the immediate reaction to the atomic bomb. Finally, I

will expound the personal accounts of people in Hiroshima and

the medical aspects of atomic radiation; both immediate and long


In writing this paper, I hope to provide accurate

information on the bombing at Hiroshima while showing the

personal and medical sides as well.

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