John Hersey


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John Richard Hersey (June 17, 1914 – March 24, 1993) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer and journalist considered one of the earliest practitioners of the so-called New Journalism, in which storytelling devices of the novel are fused with non-fiction reportage. Hersey's account of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, was adjudged the finest piece of journalism of... more »

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  • ''What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence, in the sense of fear of specific weapons, so much as it's been memory. The memory of what happened at Hiroshima.''
    John Hersey (b. 1914), U.S. novelist, journalist. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • ''Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education.''
    John Hersey (1914-1993), U.S. author. The Child Buyer, Section: Monday, October 28, 1960.
  • ''It's a failure of national vision when you regard children as weapons, and talents as materials you can mine, assay, and fabricate for profit and defense.''
    John Hersey (1914-1993), U.S. author. The Child Buyer, Section: Friday, October 25 (1960).
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