Susan Southard

Susan Southard

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.

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In Nagasaki alone, by the end of 1945 when a first count was possible, 74,000 men, women, and children were dead. Of those, only 150 were military personnel. Seventy-five thousand more civilians were injured or irradiated. (Photo: Getty) Views
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Against Forgetting: Ground Zero Nagasaki
Landing at Nagasaki Airport last November, I joined a line of Japanese men, women, and children waiting to disembark from our plane. Most were likely returning home on this holiday weekend or arriving to visit family and friends. I wondered how many of them remembered or thought about the nuclear...
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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...
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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...
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