Susan Southard’s first book, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War (Viking Books), was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, sponsored by Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation and the Columbia School of Journalism. Southard lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she is the founder and artistic director of Essential Theatre.
Articles by this author
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
72 Years After Bombing of Nagasaki, There Are 15,000 Nuclear Weapons in the World
Today is the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. At 11:02 a.m. Aug. 9, 1945, a five-ton plutonium bomb exploded a third of a mile above the city. Its blast winds tore through the city at two and a half times the speed of a Category 5 hurricane. Two-year-old Masao Tomonaga was asleep...
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Under the Mushroom Cloud—Nagasaki after Nuclear War
Note: This essay has been adapted from chapters 1 and 2 of Susan Southard’s new book, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War , with the kind permission of Viking. Korean and Chinese workers, prisoners of war, and mobilized adults and students had returned to their work sites; some dug or repaired...