For whenever you have a couple of hours:
Pulitzer awarded John Hersey follows the fate of six survivors and describes their experiences. At the beginning, people from Hiroshima believed that the US covered the city with gun powered and set it on fire. That would have been the least worse of all scenarios, and could not explain the silent blast, the blinding light, and the burns resulted afterwords.
The six survivors:
Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works;
Dr. Masakazy Fuji - a prosperous doctor running a private hospital
Father Wilherlm Kleinsorge, a German priest of the Society of Jesus,
Rev. Kiyoshi Tanimoto, pastor of the Hiroshima Methodist Church,
Dr. Terufumi Sasaki, A young doctor at the Red Cross hospital was 1650 yards from the center of the explosion
Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakimura, a tailor's widow and her three children.