Ghosts of the Tsunami

Ghosts of the Tsunami

Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone

Book - 2017
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On March 11, 2011, a 120-foot-high tsunami smashed into the northeast coast of Japan, leaving more than eighteen thousand people dead. It was Japan's single greatest loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945. Richard Lloyd Parry, an award winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. Ghosts of the Tsunami is the intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the perspectives of those who lived through it. -- Adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York : MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2017]
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780374253974
Branch Call Number: 952.0512 Llo
Characteristics: x, 295 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm


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Jan 31, 2019

Great book showing how people coped (or didn't ) with the tragedy on a personal and societal level. This stupid belief that a catastrophe "cannot happen to me but happens elsewhere, to others," brought death to 74 school kids, and the school admin as well as the school board did not want to take responsibility for their negligence. The Japanese are reticent to challenge the powers, that's how they are brought up.
A moving and insightful book.

Feb 07, 2018

Very well-written, but gut-wrenching at the same time. It's a reminder that while the original crisis may have occurred over a very short period of time, the after-effects--and the pain--go on and on...


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