Ms. Sussan takes disparate sources, multiple timelines, several perspectives, and her unique position as both an insider and an outsider to one of mankind’s most tragic moments and weaves them together in a compelling narrative. The author acknowledges that the book is about the people and their experiences rather than the geopolitical backdrop, and this is the perfect approach to bring to today’s audiences the personal stories of those affected by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And we get to see much of it through the lens of the American soldier/film maker, Herb Sussan, who captured their stories and then spent the rest of his life in a struggle to be allowed to tell those stories. Through all of this we get the heartwarming story of a daughter who finds out who her father really was when she didn’t even realize she was looking. If you are a WWII buff, this personal look at the aftermath of the dawn of the nuclear age is a must. If you like uncovering dusty but fascinating corners of history, read this book. If you just enjoy a good read, this is one you will appreciate.

Leonard Kaufman