This is a remarkable book. The author manages to weave together stories of: a crucial and terrible moment in history – the bombing of Hiroshima-Nagasaki; the tragic stories of the victims and survivors; the lifelong quest of her father, the US Army filmmaker of the aftermath, to make sure the tragedy was not repeated; and her search for the truth behind the events.

Leslie Sussan succeeds in bringing the story to life in the connections between Herbert Sussan and his film subjects. Her journey of discovery about Herb and her meeting some of those he filmed in Japan make this more than a history book. The included photos bring to life the narrative.

The book inspired me to a recommitment to work for peace and tolerance for all humans. I learned a lot and was moved deeply. Read this!

 

Sander Feinberg