Monday, June 4, 2012


The New Yorker

(August, 1946)

To Our Readers,
The New Yorker this week devotes its entire editorial space
to an article on the almost complete obliteration of a city by
one atomic bomb, and what happened to the people of that city.
It does so in the conviction that few of us have yet comprehended, the
all but incredible destructive power of this weapon, and that everyone
might well take time to consider the terrible implications of its use.

—The Editors

Before writer John Hersey's report on the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima was published as a book, it appeared in The New Yorker magazine. The 1946 issue was dedicated wholly to the single article, printed in its entirety; there were advertisements, but not a single cartoon.

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