Japan 1945

Japan 1945

A U.S. Marine's Photographs From Ground Zero

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Seventy-four photographs taken by a Marine Corps photographer during his seven months in postwar Japan are assembled in a visual history of the aftermath of the U.S. bombing raids on Japanese cities, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the devastating destruction of the raids, and the struggle of the Japanese to live normal lives under the occupation.

Book News
Three weeks after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, O'Donnell, a 23-year-old Marine, was sent to Japan to document the aftermath of atomic and traditional bombing campaigns in 50 cities. O'Donnell (who later became a White House photographer) took thousands of photographs, most of which disappeared into military archives. Some 300 b&w images taken with his personal camera are the basis for this volume. The victims are largely absent from them, most of the dead having been cremated by the time he arrived and the cleanup having begun; they are implied in images such as three young women in kimonos covering their noses as they walk past a crematorium. A foreword describes the photographic record of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There is no index. The book is in a wide format: 10.25x9.25". Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Vanderbilt Univ Pr
In September 1945 Joe O'Donnell was a twenty-three-year-old Marine Corps photographer wading ashore in Japan, then under American occupation. His orders were to document the aftermath of U.S. bombing raids in Japanese cities, including not only Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also cities such as Sasebo, one of the more than sixty Japanese cities firebombed before the atomic blasts. "The people I met," he now recalls, "the suffering I witnessed, and the scenes of incredible devastation taken by my camera caused me to question every belief I had previously held about my so-called enemies."


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& Taylor

Collects photographs taken by a Marine Corps photographer in postwar Japan depicting the destruction of bombing raids on Japanese cities and the struggle of the Japanese to live normal lives under the occupation.

Publisher: Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780826514677
0826514677
Characteristics: xiv, 87 p. : ill. ; 24 x 27 cm

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