I feel compelled to write something about this book. I found it free in the Kindle store and thought it might be interesting, but it turned out to be much more.

This is a very personal account of the author’s journey in coming to understand her father’s journey as he lived as a US victim of the devastating nuclear bombing of Japan at the end of WW2.

We discover Herb’s (Her Father’s) journey as a cameraman tasked with filming the aftermath of the bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the deep scars that this task left him with through the rest of his life. We discover the author’s journey as the daughter of a victim and the damage caused in her personal relationship with her father, and we discover some amazing Japanese survivors/victims of the bombings and hear their personal stories.

The book is a personal journey of discovery and growth of understanding of the ongoing consequences of the bombings. We hear the voices of many people through time since the bombings and experience a personal emotional impact.

The author doesn’t dwell on the horrors of the bombings, but conveys her empathy for all parties involved in this tragic part of history, and holds hope for more people to become peacemakers in this damaged world.

I’m very pleased to have discovered this book and commend it to all.

Russell (on Goodreads)